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    My concern is always that I can do justice to what I see and hear.
    — Kwame Dawes
    tags: justice 
     
    When people open up and share their stories, you have a responsibility to tell these truths truthfully and with the same quest for grace and beauty that you see in them.
    — Kwame Dawes
    HIV is no respecter of persons. Any of us could find ourselves with the disease, and then what? We tend to stigmatize as a way to deceive ourselves about our invincibility. But it is a delusion.
    — Kwame Dawes
    Maybe that is the power of poetry. It somehow transcends news cycles, and becomes a part of our collective imagination. That is the beauty of the art form I like to play with.
    — Kwame Dawes
    I am a black person. I come out of an experience of exile and migration. I have always felt myself to be at once at home and away from home at the same time. It is inevitable that my perspective will be international.
    — Kwame Dawes
    I believe that many lives around us now can reflect this strange pattern of migration and movement. The question is: are we aware of it, and do we embrace it as a kind of birthright? I do. And yet, I feel deeply connected to at least two homespaces - Jamaica and Ghana, and more recently, South Carolina.
    — Kwame Dawes
    tags: live  believe  questions 
     
    The rich and complex history of South Carolina is the history of the African diaspora, and in many ways, I felt acutely the sense of this collective memory of migration, suffering and transformation while living in South Carolina.
    — Kwame Dawes
    One of the blessings and curses of my life is that I carry so many projects at the same time.
    — Kwame Dawes
    tags: time  blessing 
     
    The aesthetic, as I understand it, is really about the way in which we understand beauty and speak and think about beauty.
    — Kwame Dawes
    tags: beauty 
     
    As you may know, my motto is: "All memory is fiction." It could just as easily be: "All fiction is memory." Unpacked, these two statements defy the ease of logic, but offer some really important truths about narrative art, at the very least, and about memory. So I would say that all art is personal.
    — Kwame Dawes
    All memory is fiction.
    — Kwame Dawes
    tags: memory  fiction 
     
    I believe that all fiction is personal and all writing is at some level personal.
    — Kwame Dawes
    In reggae I have a model of artistic excellence and possibility that is challenging and inspiring. The poem remains a demanding thing - an object to be understood and shaped into my own sense of self, the same is true of the play, the novel, the short story. Yet, for some reason, I approach these existing genres with the kind of confidence that the reggae artist approaches any song floating around out there.
    — Kwame Dawes
    Our goal is to publish African poets in as many ways as possible.
    — Kwame Dawes
    tags: poet  goal 
     
    There is no access to contemporary poetry in the libraries.
    — Kwame Dawes
    Latino poets, are really having a significant impact on American poetics today.
    — Kwame Dawes
    tags: poet  american 
     
    For me, reggae music and its aesthetic are touchstones in both simple and complex ways. Reggae's capacity to be a folk music that is created in a wholly modern context of the recording studio (and sometimes that is the sole performance space) is riddled with the kinds of contradictory impulses that we have come to expect from the post-modern. I revel in this, for it gives me, shall I say, permission.
    — Kwame Dawes
    tags: music  complex 
     
    Racist writing is a craft failure.
    — Kwame Dawes
    tags: failure  craft  writing 
     
    I am most interested in people. I try to capture their complexity and contradiction and beauty. It does not matter where they are from.
    — Kwame Dawes
    tags: beauty  people 
     
    Rick Black writes with the honed elegance of a poet so in command of lyric sentiment and the efficient evocative use of language that what results is indeed as urgent and vulnerable as true prayer ... There is something profoundly human and completely necessary about Star of David.
    — Kwame Dawes
    tags: language  human  star  true  prayer  write  poet  lyrics  black 
     
    This poet is a griot in search of a village.
    — Kwame Dawes
    tags: poet 
     
    With Head Off & Split, Nikky Finney establishes herself as one of the most eloquent, urgent, fearless and necessary poets writing in America today. What makes this book as important as anything published in the last decade is the irresistible music, the formal dexterity and the imaginative leaps she makes with metaphor and language in these simply stunning poems. This is a very, very important achievement.
    — Kwame Dawes
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