At the time this collection of poems was first published in 1972, Wayne Brown's careful formalism—which belies a turbulence of ideas and emotions—was out of fashion and the poetry of revolution was in full swing. Now, however, these poems are seen as seminal in Caribbean poetry, both for their intrinsic qualities and for Brown’s crucial role as the mentor of a current generation of Caribbean poets. Exploring the ties between creativity and contentment, the poems enumerate the threats to these human goals, and through anecdotes—frequently drawn from the poet's own family life—reflect on the rewards and pain of remaining in the Caribbean while others have gone abroad. To understand their exile, which has its own heartache, several poems are odes to the artists the author admires most, including Pablo Neruda, Vladimir Nabokov, Rainer Maria Rilke, and the Tobagan poet Eric Roach.
About the Author
Wayne Brown is the author of Voyages and writes "In Our Time," a weekly column about the arts appearing in the Jamaican Observer.