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Towards The Quiet

damian lopes

116 pages
Ecw Press
Nominated for the 1997 Gerald Lampert Award A poetic travelogue through Britain, India and East Africa, this collection is a personal journey through cultural identity, influence and history. It is an exploration of both longing and belonging as it retraces the migrations of three generations. These poems create a space for themselves by drawing on many traditions, both eastern and western. Stylistically concise, yet accessible, the poems use the precision of language to intimately redescribe and redefine a diasporatic postcolonial world. Whether set in Canada or Britain, India, or East Africa, each poem explores the perspective of the intimate outsider.
Author Bio
Damian Lopes is a Toronto writer, artist, editor, and bookseller who traces his roots to Britain, East Africa, India, and Portugal. He is the author of the visual collection, sensory de(p)rivation, and has recently completed his first novel, St. Anthony’s Children. lopes was also the driving force behind Project X, a poetry multimedia website re-examining Vasco da Gama's 1497 voyage around Africa to South Asia. towards the quiet is his first full-length collection of poetry.