Friday, May 11, 2018

"At Anchor: The Real Situation" by Kwame Dawes

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May 11, 2018

At Anchor: The Real Situation

Kwame Dawes
Kwame Dawes reads "At Anchor: The Real Situation."

About This Poem


"This poem could have been called 'The Harrowing of Bob Marley.'  On May 11, 1981, Bob Marley died of cancer in Miami soon after arriving there from Bavaria, where he had spent many grueling and cruel months undergoing special 'alternate' care for the disease, led by Josef Issels. It is telling that I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when the news reached Jamaica. It is a moment that has become something of a recurring motif in my work; and as with all my fruitful inventions, these elegiac retellings come freighted with the stuff of mortality: the sea, art, faith, legacy, and on a good day, hope."
—Kwame Dawes


Kwame Dawes is the author most recently of City of Bones: A Testament (Triquarterly Books, 2017). In June, Peepal Tree Press will reissue a special edition of his 1995 epic poem, Prophets, along with a companion text, Kwame Dawes' Prophets: A Reader by Jeremy Poynting. Dawes is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Photo credit: Andre Lambertson


Poetry by Dawes


City of Bones: A Testament

(Triquarterly Books, 2017)

"Dear Michael (2)" by Mark McMorris


"Blind Boone's Apparitions" by Tyehimba Jess


"After the Winter" by Claude McKay


May Guest Editor: Matthew Shenoda


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