Weblines by John Agard

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Anansi, the trickster god and Spiderhero of West African folktales, is the spinning voice at the hub of the ""Come Down Nansi"" sequence of poems. By including ""Limbo Dancer in Dark Glasses"" (1983) and ""Man to Pan"" (1982), this new cycle forms an orchestrated trilogy, where John Agard explores three powerful Caribbean metaphors of transformation: the steeldrum, the limbo dancer, and Anansi-each spinning and weaving its own special kind of web.

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John Agard is one of the most popular poets writing in Britain today. He was the winner of the Paul Hamlyn Award for Poetry in 1997. His collection of poetry for young children, We Animals Would Like A Word With You was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. He is the author of many children's books, including The Young Inferno for Frances Lincoln. He lives in Lewes, West Sussex.Satoshi Kitamura was born in Tokyo and has always loved reading comics and illustrated novels. With no formal training, he started work in advertising as an artist and came to London. He has written and illustrated 20 of his own books and illustrated many more, as well as translating children's books into Japanese. He exhibits his work in London and has won a number of awards. He lives in London and Japan.
Published April 30, 2001 by Bloodaxe Books Ltd. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Anansi, whose name is given in just about every variant spelling imaginable (a sign of the spider-god’s shape-shifting prowess and the mutability of ancient folklore in modern times), is the central figure of the new poems in this volume, which also includes selections from previous Agard works, ...

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Alter egos and folktale motifs from West Africa join with modern immigrant experience: readers discover "How Wisdom and Commonsense Were Scattered," "How Tiger Played Dead and How Anansi Played Along," and how Anansi means to "apply to the law of the loom/ to warp and weft of bedroom."

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