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Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting

Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting

by Shivanee Ramlochan


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Ramlochan’s poems take the reader through a series of imaginative narratives that are at once emotionally familiar and compelling, even as the characters evoked and the happenings they describe are heavily symbolic. Her poems reference the language and structural patterns of the genres of fantasy or speculative fiction, though with her own distinctive features, including the presence of such folkloric Trinidadian figures as the Duenne, those wandering lost spirits whose feet point backwards.

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ISBN-13: 9781845233631
Publisher: Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Edition description: None
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 370,667
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Shivanee Ramlochan’s poetry has been published in tongues of the ocean and The Caribbean Review of Books, and is forthcoming in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. She is an alumna of the 2010 Cropper Foundation Residential Workshop for Caribbean Writers. In 2013, she was selected as one of three New Talent Showcase writers at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest.

Table of Contents


A Nursery of Gods for My Half-White Child 11

To Life in the New Year 12

The Abortionist's Daughter Declares Her Love 13

The Abortionist's Daughter Gives Cold Comfort 15

My Sister of the Coral Mouth 16

Duenne Lilith 18

Duenne Lara 20

Duenne Lorca 22

I See That Lilith Hath Been with Thee Again 23

The Virgin Speaks of What She Endured 25

Materna 27

Fire, Fire 29

The Abortionist's Granddaughter Gives Blood 30

Kiskadee Bride 31

Caracara 32

II The Red Thread Cycle

i On the Third Anniversary of the Rape 35

ii Nail It to the Barn Door Where It Happened 37

iii You Wait for Five Years, and Then 39

iv The Policeman in Your Throat 41

v The Five Count 42

vi Public Holiday 44

vii The Open Mic of Every Deya, Burning 45


All the Dead, All the Living 49

Catching Devi & Shakuntala 51

Shepherdess Boxcutter: One 52

Shepherdess Boxcutter: Two 53

No Curandera But Yo Sóla 54

Song of the Only Surviving Grandmother 55

Good Names for Three Children 57

Attrition 59

Clink, Clink 61

Camp Burn Down 62

The Lecture of Dead Gold 64

What Fights, Still 65

Crossdressing at Divali Nagar 67

Fatherhood 68

Vivek Considers the Nature of Secrets 69

Vivek Chooses His Husbands 70

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