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In The Bloods, his third poetry collection, D.S. Marriott's recurrent theme is that of memory and absence: 'bound to what is remembered/ what is absent'. In poems that both embody and inhabit this double obligation, memory and absence prove to be equally central to the mysteries of ordinary language, the politics and philosophy of enslavement, as well as markers-typographic, archival, ethical-respecting the borders of what cannot, finally, be known. Spare, lyrical, and deeply haunting, and yet not without irony or hope, The Bloods continues Marriott's pursuit of a style and concept of the poem that is strictly his own.
|Publication date:||15th May 2011|
|Author:||D. S. Marriott|
|Categories:||Poetry by individual poets,|
D.S. Marriott was born in Nottingham 1963 of Jamaican parentage and was educated at the University of Sussex. He has taught there and now teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has written many articles on poetics and is the author of On Black Men, published in 2000 by the University Presses of Edinburgh and Columbia, New York, and Haunted Life, published in 2007 by the University Press of Rutgers, New Jersey. His previous collections of poems were Incognegro (Salt Publishing, 2005), and Hoodoo Voodoo (Shearsman Books, 2008).More About D. S. Marriott