Poetastry

Po´et`as`try


n.1.The works of a poetaster.
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The encyclopedia of terms for New World Africans--black, negro, mulatto, negro, zambo, moreno, trigueno, mulato, pardo, negre, preto, cafuso, noire, nengre--or libre (free) ..." (Whitten 258)--as well as other terms specifying degrees of blackness--"quadroon," "octoroon," "griffe," "sambo," "sacatra," "mango," "mustees," and "mestizo" (Williamson xii-xiii), or the dizzying array of term s defined in Guyanese-Canadian writer Bernard Heydorn's 1998 memoir, Longtime Days (23-4)--is just archaic, anarchic poetastry. Also, the word miscegenation is an invention.