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The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion
by Kei Miller

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    List Price: $16.95
    Format: Paperback, 80 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9781847772671
    Imprint: Carcanet Press
    Publisher: Carcanet Press
    Parent Company: Carcanet Press
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    Book Description:
    In this collection, acclaimed Jamaican poet Kei Miller dramatizes what happens when one system of knowledge, one method of understanding place and territory, comes up against another. We watch as the cartographer, used to the scientific methods of assuming control over a place by mapping it, is gradually compelled to recognizeeven to envya wholly different understanding of place, as he tries to map his way to the rastaman’s eternal city of Zion. As the book unfolds the cartographer learns that, on this island of roads that “constrict like throats,” every place-name comes freighted with history, and not every place that can be named can be found.

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