Reading For Aimé Césaire’s Soleil Cou Coupé/Solar Throat Slashed

Césaire (1913–2008), published Soleil cou coupé (Solar Throat Slahsed), a collection of 72 French surrealist poems imbibed with representations of Africa as a mythical homeland, in 1948. His work advanced a deeper understanding of the black diaspora and the colonized condition of Caribbean people. Wesleyan University Press recently issued the only bilingual edition of this collection translated by A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshleman. Readers this evening are: Brent Edwards, Anne Waldman, Jayne Cortez, Heller Levinson, Jerome Rothenberg and Clayton Eshleman.