Posted by: Khepera | Monday, 21 April 2008

Aimé Césaire has ascended….

Aimé Césaire has ascended….Thursday, 17 April 2008. He was 94. Aimé Césaire has ascended….

Yes, it is written, has been written, will be written many more times in the next several days, weeks, months & years. Each time someone awakens to visceral lyrics, when someone is unexpectedly seized by word images they can barely chew, much less swallow, when the fusion of culture, art, the politics of liberation, self-determination and the will to actualize each & all arise within us, Aimé Césaire will smile, will know his presence was a seed which has borne fruit, aware, active & dynamic fruit.

Aime Cesaire by the sea

For those not familiar with the man, or his life, there are ample resources — [1] [2] [3]

For those unfamiliar with his politics-thru-art activism, then you must know he was one of the founders, formulaters & shapers of the Negritude Movement, along with Léopold Senghor and Léon Gontian Damas.

I wish I could write more, and I will, in time, so check back, but I am filled with too much sadness, too much adulation, a sense of absence overstuffed with a deathless presence known to those familiar with his words, his rare art. For those poets among us, I would refer you to:

Lyric and Dramatic Poetry, 1946-82, by Aimé Césaire, trans. by Clayton Eshelman and Annette Smith, Caraf Books/The University of Virginia Press:Charlottesville, 1990

In particular, I would refer you to the section, near the beginning: Poetry & Knowledge. This section, especially with the Seven Propositions at its end — are, beyond question, the most compelling and inspiring insights into poetry, at, science, spirit,,culture, and how they come to fuse together, exalting & balancing into a cohesive primal force. For the intrepid and ever-hungry, this is the richest of feasts. If these words do no more than inspire you to reach for and partake of these few pages of Aimé Césaire, then I will have succeeded, and will soon come to know from experience, the meaning of miracle.


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