travelogue of the bereaved

These remarkable and challenging poems confront the notion of “home.” Closely attentive to form and content, narrative and emotion, history and the contemporary, and inspired by the techniques of jazz, Travelogue of the Bereaved tells stories that are little known — the lives of persons of African descent at different periods in the Americas. These stories speak to our times and their foundations, recreating figures such as Marie Josephe Angelique, Viola Desmond, John Brown, Maryann Shadd, and Mumia. Weaving between sections and using multiple forms, the collection exposes the transhistorical by linking each narrative to a more telling composition.



Publication Date: September 2014

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-927494-34-9
Page size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
112 pages

eBook ISBN: 978-1-927494-56-1


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charles c smith teaches Cultural Pluralism in the Arts at the University of Toronto Scarborough. His poetry has been published in numerous places, and his work is included in two forthcoming anthologies, Black Canadian Poetry(Frontenac House) and Men in the Company of Women (Edgar and Lenore’s Publishing House, San Francisco).