The Neverending Quest for the Other Shore: An Epic in Three Cantos (Wesleyan Poetry) (Hardcover)

The Neverending Quest for the Other Shore: An Epic in Three Cantos (Wesleyan Poetry) By Sylvie Kandé Cover Image
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In Kand 's epic poem, African history collides with the contemporary reality of migration

Sylvie Kand 's neo-epic in three cantos is a double narrative combining today's tales of African migration to Europe on the one hand, with the legend of Abubakar II on the other: Abubakar, emperor of 14th-Century Mali, sailed West toward the new world, never to return. Kand 's language deftly weaves a dialogue between these two narratives and between the epic traditions of the globe. Dazzling in its scope, the poem swings between epic stylization, griot storytelling, and colloquial banter, capturing an astonishing range of human experience. Kand makes of the migrant a new hero, a future hero whose destiny has not yet taken shape, whose stories are still waiting to be told in their fullness and grandeur: the neverending quest has only just begun.

Country folk who made themselves belated mariners
their bodies cadence them
to cleave with the oar's tainted tip
the purple mounds of the great salt savannah
which no furrow marks
where no seed takes root
(But to say the sea
earthly words are little suited)
At the point of the dream
they were a myriad
no less and no more
to cross the coral barrier in laughter with its vermilion flowers:
there remain but three barks adrift
full so full to the point of capsizing

Product Details
ISBN: 9780819580733
ISBN-10: 0819580732
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2022
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Wesleyan Poetry