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{SPEAKER name="Dennis Brutus"}
Sierra Leone and I was asked whether I would like to go to Fourah Bay. And you know, and um, of course, that Fourah Bay has a very prestigious name in Africa.

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And, um, Of course, it's also associated with Eldred Jones, one of the canons in African literature.

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{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"} Mm-hmm. [[affirmative]]

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{SPEAKER name="Dennis Brutus"}
So I jumped at the opportunity to go there, and then I had my first taste of Creole literature.

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However, since Creole, as a language is not yet exploited to the extent that it is in Suriname literary-wise that wasn't my introduction really to Creole literature.

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As such, it was my introduction to Creole as a language.

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{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"}
Mm-hmm. [[affirmative]]

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{SPEAKER name="Dennis Brutus"}
But it was only when I was back in Holland again that I teamed up with Professor Jan Voorhoeve one of the experts on Creole language who had done a tremendous amount of research.

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Now prior to that, all research on Creole languages had been done practically, as far as Suriname is concerned by the indomitable Herskovits and Herskovits. [[laughs]]

{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"} Mm-hmm. [[affirmative]]

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{SPEAKER name="Dennis Brutus"}
You know, in the United States.

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It was when I translated on the suggestion of Jan Voorhoeve a poem.

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And We had sneakily compared it with an attempt by Herskovitz.

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We found, to our, and I say this in all modesty, joy that mine was slightly more closer to the truth and actually a superior product that we decided to plunge straight into working together on Creole literature as such.

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{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"} Mm-hmm. [[affirmative]]

{SPEAKER name="Dennis Brutus"}
Which resulted then in the joint publication in Creole in probably the most comprehensive anthology yet for any particular Creole language done up to date.

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{SPEAKER name= "Brooks B. Robinson"}
Mm-hmm. [[affirmative]] Now I will be asking you to read some of your own poetry a little later,

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but at this time you're talking about Creole literature and so on.

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Would you care to read something for us in that literature, in the Creole languages?

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I suppose what you have here would come from either West Africa or Suriname, either one will do.

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{SPEAKER name="Dennis Brutus"}
The person I would like to read would be


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(from original transcriber) I am not familiar with the names of the writer and scholars they cite, so have left {{??}} marks. (from editor) [00:02:30] please change "to the extent that it is even surveyed" to "to the extent that it is in Suriname" [00:03:00] replace [[??]] with "Suriname" [00:03:54] the speaker name does not show correctly in the video captions

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