Other Published Writing – Poetry

Some of the poems mentioned here are featured in my 2014 collection Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary edition and Other Writings. I hope you’ll pick up a copy today so that in addition to the novella Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, you can also read One, Caribbean Woman, She works…, She lives There, Development, Mango Season, Differences, Ghosts Lament, Tongue Twista, Venus Ascending, A Prayer, Caribbean Spirit, Caribbean Sunset, The Sea, Prospero’s Education, Da’s Calypso, The Arrival, Ah Write!, Philly Ramblings 8, Old People, and Hope Springs Eternal.

Election Season ll in The Caribbean Writer Volume 2911889583_1028923027140874_7200662045177412973_n – 2015

Excerpt:

She burn she voter card

“Linin’ up and dreamin’ change ain’ worth a fart”

Summer 1  in Tongues of the Ocean – a special Antigua and Barbuda issue for which I also served as guest editor – 2014

Excerpt:

“and families beeline for the beach”

Summer One by Glenroy Aaron.

Summer One by Glenroy Aaron.

Civi-li-za-tion in Artemis Volume XXl (USA) – 2014cover1

Excerpt:

“The music’s on mute
The scribe’s out of the loop
The dance lacks expression”

Children Melee in Moko: Caribbean Arts and Letters (British Virgin Islands)- 2014

Excerpt:

“Heart pounding
I lived and breathed it”

 

Music in The Caribbean Writer – Volume 27  (USVI) – 2013

Excerpt:

“Music ah wan aphrodisiac
Medicine for this pain”

Ode to the Pan Man in The Caribbean Writer – Volume 27 (USVI) – 2013

Excerpt:

“This one is for the pan man
The beating his pan all night
At the pan yard man”

On Seeing Euzhan Palcy’s Rue Cases Nègres in The Caribbean Writer – Volume 27 (USVI) – 2013

Excerpt:

“As they walk this uncut path
Limbs slapping at her limbs”

Summer 1 in The Missing Slate (Pakistan) – 2013

Excerpt:

“And boys make wheelies on winding country streets”

Feather in her Ear in Womanspeak: a Journal of Art and Writing by Caribbean Women, Volume 7 – 2013

Excerpt:

“…ole time Calypso
dance through her, head to toe”

Another Garden in Womanspeak: a Journal of Art and Writing by Caribbean Women, Volume 7 (Bahamas) – 2013

Excerpt:

“…mistake bruise
for blush
crushing fists
for love’s touch”

Prison for Two in Womanspeak: a Journal of Art and Writing by Caribbean Women, Volume 7 (Bahamas) – 2013

Excerpt:

“Watching as they wait to climb the steps
to their Fate…”

Corporal Punishment in Womanspeak: a Journal of Art and Writing by Caribbean Women, Volume 7 (Bahamas) – 2013

Excerpt:

“Her body crashing
Against the glass”

Caribbean Woman in The Columbia Review: the Oldest College Literary Magazine in the Nation, Spring 2013 edition (USA) – 2013

Excerpt:

It tek up space
Hugging the hyped-up wind
To itself
And engaging it in
A duet
A riot of noise and motion

She Works in Womanspeak: A Journal of Literature and Art by Caribbean Women Volume 6 (the Bahamas) –  edited by Lynn Sweeting – 2012

Excerpt:

A thin row of cane stalks marks

The boundary of the land

She carries a bath heavy with clothes in her hands

She Lives There in Womanspeak: A Journal of Literature and Art by Caribbean Women Volume 6 (the Bahamas) – edited by Lynn Sweeting – 2012

Excerpt:

There, suitors dock and dance,

The moon whispers with a soca-lilt

And music ‘n rum anna good lime

Make the spirit forget

Development in Womanspeak: A Journal of Literature and Art by Caribbean Women Volume 6 (the Bahamas) – edited by Lynn Sweeting – 2012

Excerpt:

There’s a part of her that wants to keep it just so

Even as the sound of rushing water

Competes with the groan of the backhoe

Mango Season in the Caribbean Writer Volume 26  (USVI) – 2012

Excerpt:

I bite in

Chewing on the tangy skin

The sweet rushes in

Development from the WomenSpeak publication previewed in Tongues of the Ocean – 2012

Differences in Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean: Complexities of Place, Desire, and Belonging (USA) – 2012

Excerpt:

I tell myself there’s more

More than the science

Of fire and brimstone

If I could just decipher it

Read between his lines

Ghosts Lament in Small Axe  (USA) – 30th June 2011

Excerpt:

Someone beats a pan

A skanking Marley jam

Scenes from a Caribbean Childhood in Anansesem Caribbean Children’s Literature ezine -2010

Excerpt:

The sun
feels nice
and the beach;
even saltwater
burning your eyes.

Tongue Twista in The Caribbean Writer , Volume 24 (USVI) – 2010

Excerpt:

de pepperpot

we concoct

outa de slave master

tongue

an’ blen’ up wid

de sweet African

song

Venus Ascending in Mythium: The Journal of Contemporary Literature (USA) – 2009

Excerpt:

Starlets blinked quietly

into obscurity,

and yet the sky was lit like a Caribbean night;

It’s beauty legendary.

Benediction before the Essences: A Prayer, Caribbean Sunset, Caribbean Spirit, The Sea in Women Writers (USA) – Special Issue (Serving the Spirits: Women and Voodoo in Literature and Popular Culture) August 2008

Excerpt:

Sacred Roots, Strong Limbs
Jumbie have long memory

Prospero’s Education in Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters Volume 4 Number 2 (USA) – 2007

Excerpt:

We tap our

feet

to this tuneless rhythm

and eat

and sleep.

The Arrival in Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters Volume 4 Number 2 (USA) – 2007

Excerpt:

It was mango season

And she longed to tear at its flesh with her teeth

And suck its juices with her lips and tongue

Da’s Calypso in Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters Volume 4 Number 2 (USA) – 2007

Excerpt:

De calypsonian

ha wan special gift

he lif’ de horrors

from de life

o’ de people

an’ mek dem

dance to it

Ah Write! in The Caribbean Writer Volume 18 (USVI) – 2004; also available online in the 2014 PEN World Voices Online anthology; and in the PEN America Journal 18. In Transit (2015). Author’s gripe: Actually the version you’ll find in the PEN print journal published in 2015 is not the true version – cuts without consultations (never good, never acceptable) – and they’ve apologized for that and acknowledged that it shouldn’t have happened, small comfort though that is.

Excerpt:

Ah Write ’cause is so ah

sing

an’ dance

an’ bring ma art

Philly Ramblings 8 in Ma Comère: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars Volume 3 (USA) – 2000

Excerpt:

in spite of

distances

and differences

and the fact that we

only offer each other

fragments

of ourselves.

De Bull in Antigua Sun – 2000

Excerpt:

He kneels down before us
 though not bowed.
 Never that!

Hope Springs Eternal in Collective Soul (Antigua) – 1998

Excerpt:

I know

what a practical

joker

you are

so

Bitch

don’t tease me

Old People in Collective Soul (Antigua) – 1998

Excerpt:

like diamonds

mined from

Africa’s soul

sold

but wearing

dignity

still

 

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