Due on March 25, 2013, is Kwame Dawes’ A Bloom of Stones: A Trilingual Anthology of Haitian Poems After the Earthquake. This collection presents a wide array of voices through French and Haitian Creole poems along with their English-language translations.
Description: On 12th January 2010 an earthquake broke apart the city of Port au Prince and stretches of the Haitian landscape, killing almost 300,000 people, injuring 200,000 more and leaving 1.2 million people homeless. Poet Kwame Dawes, during his four trips to Haiti over the ten months that followed, put out a call to Haitian poets for a response. Here are poems about the rupture of love, the shock of sudden disaster, the hunger for more beauty in the world, the shattering of landscapes, and ultimately, poems that explore the incomprehensible nature of our mortality. Presenting French and Haitian Creole poems alongside their English translations, this trilingual anthology is a necessary bridge across the languages of the Caribbean, and introduces readers to some exciting Haitian voices.
Kwame Dawes is widely acknowledged as the foremost Caribbean poet of the post-Walcott generation. Born in Ghana in 1962 but raised in Jamaica, he is a poet, actor, editor, critic, musician and professor of English. He is the author of 17 books, and his awards include the Forward Prize for Best First Collection for Progeny of Air (1994) and a 2001 Pushcart Prize. He recently won an Emmy for his contribution to http://www.LiveHopeLove.com, a multimedia website on the human face of HIV/AIDS in Jamaica. His 2009 Peepal Tree poetry collection Hope’s Hospice was inspired by the project. He recently edited the anthology Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry (2009).