University of Hunger : Collected Poems and Selected Prose

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  • Copyright: 2006-08-15
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This collection of poetry, by Martin Carter, a Guyanese poet who delved briefly into politics, Is wise, angry, and hopeful while voicing a life lived in times of crisis.

Table of Contents

Chronology of Martin Carterp. 11
Introductionp. 15
Acknowledgementsp. 52
Note on the Textp. 54
Collected Poems
To a Dead Slave (1951)
To a Dead Slavep. 59
The Hill of Fire Glows Red (1951)
Not I with This Torn Shirtp. 66
Do Not Stare at Mep. 66
Old Higuep. 67
Like the Blood of Quaminap. 68
Shines the Beauty of My Darlingp. 69
Three Years After Thisp. 69
Looking at Your Handsp. 70
Tomorrow and the Worldp. 71
It Is for This That I Am Furiousp. 71
Run Shouting Through the Townp. 72
Listening to the Landp. 72
A Banner for the Revolutionp. 73
The Kind Eagle (Poems of Prison) (1952)
Bare Night Without Comfortp. 74
Who Walks a Pavementp. 74
O Where to Hidep. 75
All of a Manp. 75
O Human Guidep. 76
The Discovery of Companionp. 77
The Hidden Man (Other Poems of Prison) (1952)
I Stretch My Handp. 79
Sunday Nightp. 79
Looking Againp. 80
I Walk and Walkp. 81
No Madness Like This Sanityp. 81
Two Fragments of 'Returning' (1953)
Two Fragments of 'Returning'p. 82
Poems of Resistance from British Guiana (1954)
University of Hungerp. 84
I Am No Soldierp. 86
Death of a Slavep. 88
Death of a Comradep. 90
Not Hands Like Minep. 91
Letter 1p. 92
Letter 2p. 93
Letter 3p. 94
Let Freedom Wake Himp. 94
Till I Collectp. 95
Cartman of Daycleanp. 96
Weroon Weroonp. 97
The Knife of Dawnp. 98
This Is the Dark Time My Lovep. 99
I Clench My Fistp. 100
I Come from the Nigger Yardp. 101
On the Fourth Night of Hunger Strikep. 103
You Are Involvedp. 104
Three Poems of Shape and Motion - A Sequence (1955)
Number Onep. 105
Number Twop. 106
Number Threep. 107
Conversations (1961)
They say I am a poet write for themp. 109
I dare not keep too silent, face avertedp. 109
The wild men in prisons, they who rot like rust!p. 110
Trying with words to purify disgustp. 110
Now there was one whom I knew long agop. 111
Groaning in this wilderness of silencep. 111
In a great silence I hear approaching rainp. 112
Jail Me Quickly (1964)
Black Friday 1962p. 113
After One Yearp. 114
What Can a Man Do Morep. 115
Where Are Free Menp. 116
Childhood of a Voicep. 116
The When Time (1977)
Proemp. 117
Fragment of Memoryp. 118
Voicesp. 119
Wordsp. 120
Under a Near Skyp. 121
What We Call Wingsp. 122
All to Endurep. 123
Rain Falls Upwardp. 123
In the Asylump. 124
A Mouth Is Always Muzzledp. 124
Even as the Ants Arep. 125
For Milton Williamsp. 125
Endless Moment Worldp. 126
On a Pavementp. 127
If It Were Givenp. 128
For Angela Davisp. 128
Cuyunip. 129
How Come?p. 131
In a Small City at Duskp. 132
And I Gropep. 132
My Hand in Yoursp. 133
The Leaves of the Canna Lilyp. 134
As When I Wasp. 135
Before the Questionp. 135
O My Companionp. 136
Only Where Our Footprints Endp. 136
The Great Darkp. 137
What for Now?p. 137
In the When Timep. 138
No Consolationp. 138
On a Child Killed by a Motor Carp. 139
The Child Ran into the Seap. 139
On the Death by Drowning of the Poet, Eric Roachp. 140
I Do Not Yet Knowp. 140
About to Pass Mep. 141
Confound Deliberate Chaosp. 141
For a Man Who Walked Sidewaysp. 142
We Walk the Streetsp. 142
Whence Come Theyp. 143
There Is No Riotp. 143
Two in Onep. 144
Poems of Affinity 1978-1980 (1980)
Our timep. 145
Playing Militiap. 146
I still starep. 147
In a worldp. 147
As new and as old Ip. 148
As new and as old IIp. 148
In a certain timep. 149
Our numberp. 149
With that loanp. 150
Paying faresp. 150
Rain forestp. 151
Ricep. 151
Beans of Godp. 152
Bentp. 152
Ground dovesp. 153
Our voice betraysp. 153
Being alwaysp. 154
Too much waitingp. 154
As well isp. 155
Some kind of furyp. 155
Inventorp. 156
Rag of wonderp. 156
Anywherep. 157
The Sun's accordionp. 157
For Cesar Vallejo Ip. 158
For Cesar Vallejo IIp. 158
Bastille Day - Georgetownp. 159
Let every child run wildp. 160
I tremblep. 160
Facesp. 161
Watch my languagep. 161
For Michael Aaronsp. 162
He (for Farro)p. 162
Censusp. 163
Is whyp. 163
Four Poems and Demerara Nigger (1984)
Onep. 164
Twop. 164
Threep. 165
Fourp. 165
Demerara Niggerp. 166
Bitter Wood and Four Poems from Kyk-Over-Al (1993)
Bitter Woodp. 167
The Conjunctionp. 168
Horsesp. 168
No Easy Thingp. 169
The Poems Manp. 169
Suite of Five Poems (2000)
'Unwritten histories of human hearts...'p. 170
'For thousands of miles the sky...'p. 170
'I will walk across the floor through tables...'p. 171
'I will always be speaking with you...'p. 171
'Wanting to write another poem for you...'p. 172
Uncollected Poems
From 'An Ode to Midnight'p. 175
The Indian Womanp. 176
Poem of Prisonp. 178
If Todayp. 178
Where Are Those Human Hands?p. 179
Immortal Like the Earthp. 179
For My Sonp. 180
For Morton Sobell in Alcatrazp. 181
Cane Cutterp. 181
In the Shadow of a Soldierp. 182
Wind of Lifep. 182
Ancestor Accabrehp. 183
Let my greatnesses transcend my indecenciesp. 186
Having, as I do, a profound hatred for humans and alcoholp. 187
Star code and tree fruit. Shoutp. 187
As the eyes move and her handsp. 188
Talking Namesp. 188
For Walter Rodneyp. 188
For the Students of St Rose'sp. 189
My hand shadows my pagep. 189
The sweet memory ofp. 190
Selected Prose
Anti-Colonialism and 'Race' in British Guiana
The Lesson of August (1954)p. 193
Time of Crisis (1955)p. 195
A Dark Foundation (1955)p. 198
This Race Business (1955)p. 200
Wanted: A Great Obeah Man (1955)p. 202
Defining Freedom and the Nation under Question
Sensibility and the Search (1958)p. 204
A Letter (1954)p. 208
A Question of Self-Contempt (1966)p. 209
A Free Community of Valid Persons (1974)p. 213
Open Letter to the People of Guyana (1979)p. 216
The Creative Artist
Out, Out the Fire (1958)p. 219
A Note on Vic Reid's New Day (1958)p. 225
Sambo at Large (1965)p. 227
Apart from Both (1974)p. 229
The Location of the Artist (1979)p. 232
Notesp. 235
List of Abbreviationsp. 307
Index of Titlesp. 513
Index of First Linesp. 316
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