In his acceptance speech upon being awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, Derek Walcott reflects that ‘For every poet it is always morning in the world. History a forgotten, insomniac night; History and elemental awe are always our early beginning, because the fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world, in spite of History’.1 Suvendrini Perera takes us on a journey through that night, where the world maps we traverse are kept awake by history’s challenge. The poetry birthed in the interstices of those challenges becomes our co-traveller in relation to a dawn that is ever receding on one side, and, on the other, ever present as an out of reach beacon lighting our path. This book is a prolonged meditation on the politics of mobility through a tracing of the geography of inequality through poems and passports, refugees and international civil servants, law and war.
KeywordsNobel Prize Cultural Theory Historical Contingency Early Beginning Nobel Lecture
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- 1.Derek Walcott (1992) The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory: the Nobel Lecture. Google Scholar