Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Dannabang Kuwabong is a Ghanaian Canadian born in Nanville in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Formerly a teacher of Caribbean literature at the University of Puerto Rico, his first two books of poetry were entitled: Konga and other Dagaaba Folktales, Visions of Venom and Echoes from Dusty Rivers.
His third book, published by TSAR in 2008, is Caribbean Blues and Love's Genealogy. In the first part of this collection the love that is celebrated emerges from a deep sense of historical reconnection with the poet's African ancestors who were taken captive and sent to the Caribbean. In the second part, Kuwabong takes the reader through a Prufrockian maze of relationships complicated by expectations and disappointments. The city of Hamilton provides the social and physical landscape that initiates the personae's responses to love made tricky by the extreme challenges of the mundane. Though the poems silently scream with pain and disappointment, these moods are calmed by epiphanies of extreme tenderness that bind the relationships.