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The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion by Kei Miller
  

The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion

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Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014.

Winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection.

In his new collection, acclaimed Jamaican poet Kei Miller dramatises what happens when one system of knowledge, one method of understanding place and territory, comes up against another.

The Costa Judges said Miller's book was “an agile, confident collection of sustained intelligence and skill.”

If you like Kei Miller you might also like to read books by Alexander McCall Smith, Monique Roffey and Andrea Levy.

Synopsis

The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion by Kei Miller

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014.

Winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection.

We watch as the cartographer, used to the scientific methods of assuming control over a place by mapping it, is gradually compelled to recognize--even to envy--a wholly different understanding of place, as he tries to map his way to the rastaman's eternal city of Zion. As the book unfolds the cartographer learns that, on this island of roads that constrict like throats, every place-name comes freighted with history, and not every place that can be named can be found.

Reviews

'Raise high the roofbeams, here comes a strong new presence in poetry. . . . Kei Miller's voice speaks and sings with rare confidence and authority.' --Lorna Goodison, Jamaican poet and professor, University of Michigan

About the Author

Kei Miller

Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. He divides his time between Jamaica and the UK and is currently teaching Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. He has published several collections of poetry and a book of short stories published by Macmillan Caribbean, THE FEAR OF STONES, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's prize for Best First Book.

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Publication date

30th May 2014

Author

Kei Miller

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Publisher

Carcanet Press Ltd

Format

Paperback
80 pages

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ISBN

9781847772671

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