Letters to America
By Fred D’Aguiar
In Letters to America, Professor Fred D’Aguiar, Guyanese-British poet, novelist and playwright, has some difficult things to say. The twenty-two poems are full of lived tales and memories – of Britain, the Caribbean and the United States – and of specific and shared memory. He supplies some of the difficult detail he has omitted from earlier poems. The modern mid-city Los Angeles sun-rise we experience is a cacophony, violent and memorable music rendered in prose. The poems weave in and out of familiar forms, including terza rima, casting and breaking spells. There is peril at every turn, and opportunity.
Letters to America was a UK, Poetry Book Society Winter 2020 Choice.