Kamau Braithwaite

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Kamau Braithwaite

Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, Kamau Braithwaite received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Sussex after earning his bachelor’s from Pembroke College at Cambridge. Braithwaite was one of the co-founders of the Caribbean Artists Movement and has published books of poetry, plays, essays, and nonfiction. Among his honors, Braithwaite counts the Casa de las Americas Prize for Literary Criticism, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation as well as the Ford Foundation. He lives in Barbados and New York City.


Slowly the white dream wrestle(s) to life
hands shaping the salt and the foreign cornfields
the cold flesh kneaded by fingers
is ready for the charcoal for the black wife



Reading | November 15, 2001