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100 POEMS FROM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

The poetry of Trinidad and Tobago is a scarcely collected treasure: not one comprehensive anthology has been produced since 1947’s Papa Bois and A.M. Clarke’s 1943 book Best Poems of Trinidad remains the only substantive volume. In recent years, Anson Gonzalez has instigated an archival campaign, the like of which has never been seen before in the islands. Included in his output for 2006 was his 41 Trinidadian Poets, a record of the best work from 1973 to 1993, as captured by The New Voices journal he edited over that period. This anthology seeks to bridge the period between Papa Bois and 41 Trinidadian Poets but also to reproduce representative poems from the entire 90 year period of T&T’s history of published poetry collections.

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SIXTY YEARS OF LOVING
MAGGIE HARRIS
Published: 14th February 2014

This celebratory collection charts a migrant’s geography of Self across physical boundaries; across generations; across boundaries of language, music and myth. Harris’s voice is attuned to that of the Wild Woman archetype with poems that spring from the place of tension between the vibrant, instinctual nature and the strictures imposed by society. Her work celebrates the natural cycles of life and love and loss, and life again. From the fluid song rhythms of the opening section to the finely crafted later sonnet sequence, these poems ignite both the intellect and the heart. Eileen Sheehan

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CROSSED SUNS
by Ian Dieffenthaller
ISBN: 978-0-9562901-0-6.
Published October 2009

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Poems written between Britain and the West Indies by the author of Snow on Sugarcane, a critical history of the poetry of West Indian Britain. The author grew up in and around San Fernando, Trinidad and has lived in Britain since the 1980s.

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AFTER A VISIT TO A BOTANICAL GARDEN
by MAGGIE HARRIS
ISBN: 978-0-9562901-1-3.
Published February 2010.

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"This is the third collection from the award winning Guyanese-British poet: - a subtly orchestrated collection, telling of journeys and arrivals and dispersals, the epic of Caribbean reality. The poems are at times powerful and moving, at other times witty and tender, and always absorbing."

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OUR TIME IS NOW by CY GRANT
ISBN: 978-0-9562901-2-0. Published January 2010.

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Essays on the need for a reawakening in Western consciousness including an intriguing thesis on the healing effects of the music of the steelpan.

This is a follow up to Ring of Steel, in which the author tells the story of Trinidad’s musical gift to the universe. His other books include Blackness & the Dreaming Soul, a personal philosophy, and Rivers of Time, poems collected over seventy years and including a moving record of his time spent as a PoW in Germany. Cy passed the baton on to us on 13th Feb 2010 whilst in his ninety-first year.

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Snow on Sugarcane: The evolution of the poetry of West Indian Britain by Ian Dieffenthaller

Journals

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Caribbean Review of Books

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The Journal of West Indian Literature

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Wasafiri after 25 years

T&T Bibliography of Creative Writing

Many moons ago, Anson Gonzalez compiled a bibliography of T&T literature. It is still available in its original state on Alana Trafford's website.

Reviews

From time to time, links to reviews of T&T and West Indian British poetry will be posted here.

For free, well-written reviews, it is difficult to better the CRB. Have a look at their review of Picasso, I Want My Face Back by Grace Nichols

Articles

From time to time, links to articles on T&T and West Indian British poetry will be posted here.

You can read Nicholas Laughlin's article on Eric Roach for a short exploration of Tobago's finest.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

The Poems of Sam Selvon
Ed. ROYDON SALICK
Foreword: KENNETH RAMCHAND
ISBN 978-0-9562901-4-4
Launched August 2012. £13.50

This is the first collection of Sam Selvon’s poems, thus rounding off the publication of the writer’s works; his radio dramas, ballads, short stories, non-fiction pieces, and novels have been in print for a long time. Roydon Salick has compiled the collection from records at UWI, Trinidad, the Trinidad Guardian and the BBC’s Caribbean Voices. His comprehensive introduction and notes provide an invaluable context for the work and a fascinating glimpse into Selvon as a poet.

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Sixty Poems for Haiti
ed. IAN DIEFFENTHALLER
& MAGGIE HARRIS
ISBN 978-0-9562901-3-7
Published 28 June 2010. £9.00

A collection from poets in the West Indies, UK and Europe, some seasoned ,some beginners. The only brief given was to send a poem for Haiti. Many have responded directly to the traumatic earthquake of January 2010; others have sent recent work as a gift to the people of Haiti.

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Featured authors


The line-up includes poets from 12 to 89, from St Lucia to Botswana. All have given their work without charge in order to help the Lambi Fund of Haiti rebuild the earthquake ravaged country from its grassroots.

From the West Indies

  • Kamau Brathwaite
  • Kendel Hippolyte
  • Faustin Charles
  • Vahni Capildeo
  • John Lyons

From the UK and Ireland

  • George Szirtes
  • Debjani Chattergee
  • Rommi Smith
  • Eileen Sheehan
  • Dizraeli

From America, Europe and Africa

  • Lidia Vianu
  • Vic
  • Giuseppi Soto
  • Andreattah Chuma
  • Mark Holihan

A Poem from the book


KNITTING A RAINBOW
Sarah Tait

I wanted to plait fog
catch sunlight in my hands
keep a snowflake in my pocket
for luck. I wanted to sail up Everest
see the Northern lights on my ceiling
and kiss a tiger's nose.

I &rsquo m still looking for that stitch I dropped
the day I tried to knit a rainbow -
cable-stitched red to keep out the cold,
garter-stitch green to warm the budding trees,
loops of indigo softening the dark
and cradling violet's fragile dawn.

Can a dropped stitch survive the fall -
coil out towards the hope snuggled between
the warmth of orange, and the daffodil smile
that shines its way to gold?

I wanted to knit a rainbow,
heal all the world with a blue sky,
find my dropped stitches had wormed through the earth,
brushed the perfect fingers of the dead crushed babe,
mopped the rivered grief
and hushed the howl of 'why?'

Trying to knit a rainbow with woolly words
and needles to tap tap tap through silence.
Knit the rain. Purl the sun. Try.


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