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"Tornado Child" by Kwame Dawes

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Kwame Dawes, a prolific poet, playwright, novelist, actor, and musician, was born in Ghana in 1962, and grew up in Jamaica, where the "reggae aesthetic" had a profound and lasting impact on the direction of his work. "Tornado Child" is from a collection of poems based on Dawes' conversations with the elders of Sumter, South Carolina.