This introduction opens a special section featuring a series of tributes in homage to Kamau Brathwaite. The author’s generational perspective becomes the occasion for a reflection on Brathwaite’s legacy, creative voice, and sustained vision of the future of the Caribbean. The essay further presents an account of the author’s attempt to shelter and represent this legacy in the form of Kamau at Ninety, a university course in Brathwaite’s honor, offered in the surreal months of January to May 2020.

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