Lila Azam Zanganeh on her selection:
Césaire speaks to me, a French-born Iranian, as the poet of migration and metissage, but also as the poet of longing for a home destroyed out of recognition. Césaire is the rare political poet who is an alchemist in his own right—Rimbaud reborn in Martinique, a mere quarter of a century after his death. He is also, in my eyes, the great poet of agency, and of promise: "there is room for all at the meeting-place of conquest," he writes in Return to My Native Land
. "We know now... that every star falls at our command from the sky to the earth without limit." Exit old ghosts.
Return to My Native Land
, trans. Anna Bostock and John Berger at Archipelago Books
Intro and outro from "Shift of Currents" by Blue Dot Sessions // CC BY-NC 2.0
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