Dennis Vincent Brutus: Poems from Algiers (860 words)

Poems from Algiers (1970, 1972) is a slim, but effective, 27 page pamphlet from the African and Afro-American Research Institute at the University of Texas, Austin. The pamphlet (Occasional Publications #2) contains nine poems and an authorial commentary in Brutus's handwriting. The poems are the ‘survivors' of a group written in Algiers, where Brutus was attending the Pan-African Cultural Festival. Only three of the nine poems (“And I am driftwood”, “In the sunlight” and “Only in the Casbah”) survive this publication to appear in A Simple Lust.

The poetry begins with Brutus's free verse meditation on exile and solitude, “And I am driftwood”. The poem opens with an enlarged sense of place/space �…

McLuckie, Craig. "Poems from Algiers". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 April 2004
[, accessed 20 February 2019.]

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