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Progeny of Air

A collection of poems by

Winner of the prize for the best first collection in the Forward Poetry Prize of 1994, Progeny of Air explores a childhood and youth spent in 1970's Jamaica. The collection links inner personal experience and social and historical perspectives to mutually enriching effect. In a review for Poetry Review, Linda France wrote:

'Progeny of Air takes its title from a single poem describing a fishing trip, referring to the life cycle of the salmon, both actual and hypothetical. This also neatly reflects the themes and concerns of the collection: movement and the impulse of natural energy; the need to go back and revisit meaningful times and places in one's life; a way of living an authentic life, the possibility of growth and self-awareness. The leap and dash of the salmon is also caught in the poetry's musical rhythms and striking language.

I am grateful to Kwame Dawes for writing this book and bringing some heat to a grey and chilly autumn. Peepal Tree are bringing out two further books, I look forward to seeing what else this man can do..


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July 2003 : UK Paperback

Title: Progeny of Air
Author(s): Kwame Dawes
ISBN: 1-900715-83-X / 978-1-900715-83-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peepal Tree Press
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January 1994 : UK Paperback

Title: Progeny of Air
Author(s): Kwame Dawes
ISBN: 0-948833-68-8 / 978-0-948833-68-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peepal Tree Press
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