Edward Brathwaite: Namsetoura Papers

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Much of Kamau Brathwaite’s writing since the late 1990s has revolved around the idea of golokwati, an Akan Twi word for “resting place on a journey”. Although place has always been an important factor throughout Brathwaite’s life and work, it has become a particularly prominent theme after the author’s move to CowPastor in Barbados in the late 1990s. From the very beginning, CowPastor was a contested place and the poet’s right of residence there challenged by the government’s decision to extend the airport and seize several properties in the area, including Brathwaite’s, for that purpose. In The Namsetoura Papers (NP), a blend of poetry, news clippings, and personal essay, Brathwaite discusses the …

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Otto, Melanie. "Namsetoura Papers". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 May 2012
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