David Dabydeen's 'Turner' is a long narrative poem written in response to J.M.W. Turner's celebrated painting Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead & Dying. Dabydeen's poem focuses on what is hidden in Turner's painting, the submerged head of the drowning African. In inventing a biography and the drowned man's unspoken desires, including the resisted temptation to fabricate an idyllic past, the poem brings into confrontation the wish for renewal and the inescapable stains of history, including the meaning of Turner's painting. 'Turner' was first published in 1994. In addition to 'Turner', this collection includes selections from two earlier books: Slave Song (1984) and Coolie Odyssey (1988).
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Author Biography - David Dabydeen
David Dabydeen was born in Guyana. He is Professor at the Centre for Caribbean Studies at Warwick University. He has published two previous books of poetry, Slave Song (1984), which was awarded the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and Coolie Odyssey (1988), which was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His novels include The Intended (1991), Disappearance (1993), The Counting House (1996) and A Harlot's Progress (1999).