Trans-Atlantic networks and contexts

Christopher Winks and Carrie Noland debate Césaire’s perspective on poverty.

Response: Incurable Thirst: Six Theses for Aimé Césaire

“His use of cataclysmic imagery and coruscating invective links him not only with Surrealist revolt but with a deep Black diasporic tradition of the language of apocalypse, of a complete rupture with the institutional and psychic structures of oppression.

Counter-response: “La misère d’une poésie”; a poetry of poverty

“I believe that what Césaire is really doing in the Cahier is trying to find a poetic language for poverty, a language crouched in the interstices of ideology, a language of particular apprehensions adequate to describing the experience of living in ‘mud and shit…’”

Rejoinder: “Making Diamonds out of Insults”

Part of the Notebook‘s power lies precisely in its juxtaposition of, or oscillation between, poverty and plenitude .

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