Beyond Sangre Grande: Caribbean Writing Today

Beyond Sangre Grande: Caribbean Writing Today

by Cyril Dabydeen (Editor)

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Overview

Caribbean literature has always been exciting and diverse, including over the past decades some of the world?s most highly regarded writers. This new anthology, Beyond Sangre Grande, brings together a contemporary selection in English from some of the key writers now living in Canada, the US, and the UK, as well as various countries of the Caribbean. Reflecting a changing world, and admitting diverse cultural influences and generational differences, these writers maintain a distinct Caribbean-ness in their acute historical awareness and in the cadences and rhythms of their language. This collection represents a range of voices, from the established and celebrated--Derek Walcott, Sam Selvon, Austin Clarke, Olive Senior--to the newer and no less exciting--Ramabai Espinet, Nalo Hopkinson, Anson Gonzalez--that demonstrates the richness of Caribbean literature in new and exciting ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894770668
Publisher: Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Cyril Dabydeen previously edited A Shapely Fire: Changing the Literary Landscape (Mosaic Press) and Another Way to Dance: Contemporary Asian Poetry in Canada and the United States (TSAR Publications). His work has appeared in the Oxford, Penguin and Heinemann Books of Caribbean Verse, and in over 60 literary magazines world-wide. A former Poet Laureate of Ottawa, his last novel Drums of My Flesh (TSAR Publications) won the Guyana Prize for Best Book of Fiction and was nominated for the prestigious IMPAC/Dublin Literary Prize. He is the recipient of the 2010 Guyana Lifetime Achievement Award. He teaches at the University of Ottawa.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION ix
OPAL PALMER ADISA
Th e Writer?s Escape (poem) 1
EDWARD BAUGH
Th e Accident (poem) 4
KAMAU BRATHWAITE
How EUrope under developed AFRICA (poem) 6
LEOPARD (poem) 8
MARINA BUDHOS
Tell Us We?re Home (fi ction) 13
CHRISTIAN CAMPBELL
Goodman?s Bay II (poem) 21
Oregon Elgey (poem) 22
WILLI CHEN
Th e Stickfi ghter (fi ction) 24
AUSTIN CLARKE
If the Bough Breaks (fi ction) 36
MERLE COLLINS
Quality Time (poem) 52
MADELINE COOPSAMMY
For My Daughter (poem) 54
CYRIL DABYDEEN
Meeting Mrs Martin Carter (poem) 56
Th e Sapodilla Queen (fi ction) 57
DAVID DABYDEEN
From a Novel in Progress (fi ction) 66
FRED D?AGUIAR
Calypso History (poem) 69
RAYWAT DEONANDAN
Izaat (fi ction) 74
BERNADETTE GABAY DYER
Return to Heliconia Hall (fi ction) 75
ZEE EDGELL
My Uncle Th eophilus (fi ction) 83
RAMABAI ESPINET
Talking Between the Rooms (poem) 92
BRENDA FLANAGAN
Blue Waters are for Drowning (fi ction) 96
HORACE GODDARD
In the Light of Darkness (fi ction) 104
Connubial Bliss (poem) 113
ANSON GONZALEZ
Tabiz (poem) 115
First Friday Bell (poem) 117
LORNA GOODISON
A Quartet of Daff odils (poem) 119
KARL GORDON
Roots (poem) 121
CLAIRE HARRIS
DRAWING down a DAUGHTER (poem) 123
NALO HOPKINSON
A Young Candy Daughter (fi ction) 127
PETER JAILALL
My Agie?s Hands (poem) 132
ANTHONY KELLMAN
Th e Old Bell Ringer (poem) 135
Caliban (poem) 136
VLADIMIR LUCIEN
Mathematics of Faith (poem) 139
Th e Green Flash (poem) 140
JOY MAHABIR
Green Cane (poem) 141
LEELAWATTI MANOO?RAHMING
Memories of Puja Incense (poem) 143
Parang Moonlight (poem) 144
IAN MCDONALD
Duel in Mercy Ward (fi ction) 145
MARK MCWATT
Two Love Poems 151
PAMELA MORDECAI
Cold Comfort (fi ction) 153
N OJI MZILIKAZI
Shards of Glass (poem) 159
ELIZABETH NUNEZ
Th e Illusion of Home (fi ction) 161
ELLY NYLAND
Bloodclots (poem) 168
Landing in Guyana (poem) 169
SASENARINE PERSAUD
Her Dancing on Leaves: Re-Reading Palace of the Peacock (poem) 171
GEOFF PHILP
Beyond Mountain View (poem) 174
Red (poem) 175
VELMA POLLARD
Jacket (fi ction) 176
JENNIFER RAHIM
Haiti (poem) 182
A Poem for Everyday (poem) 183
SAM SELVON
Ralphie at the Races (fi ction) 185
OLIVE SENIOR
Th e Two Grandmothers (fi ction) 196
H. NIGEL THOMAS
Emory (fi ction) 208
DEREK WALCOTT
Th e Sadhu of Couva (poem) 219
Forest of Europe (poem) 221
MARK JASON WELCH
Ackee Season (poem) 225
PERMISSIONS 230

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