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 in Interviewing the Caribbean Vol. 2 No. 1, A History of Violence Part 1 The Making of Caribbean Society – 2016:

Excerpt:
“And the lies blow in
Corrosive like sea salt”

***

The Bamboo Raft in Interviewing the Caribbean Vol. 2 No. 1, A History of Violence Part 1 The Making of Caribbean Society – 2016:

Excerpt:
“He barely remembers their faces
Toiling in the push and stab of the city”

***

Election Season ll in The Caribbean Writer Volume 29 – 2015:

Excerpt:
She burn she voter card

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

***

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

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) Issue 3 – 2014:

Excerpt:
“Heart pounding
I lived and breathed it”

***

Music in The Caribbean Writer – Volume 27 – 2013:

Excerpt:
“Music ah wan aphrodisiac
Medicine for this pain”

***

Ode to the Pan Man in The Caribbean Writer – Volume 27 – 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 – 2013:

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

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Summer 1 in The Missing Slate – 2013 (also published 2014 in Tongues of the Ocean with a companion painting in response to it by Glenroy Aaron; I also served as guest editor for this issue):

Excerpt:
“And boys make wheelies on winding country streets”

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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”

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

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

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

Excerpt:
“Her body crashing
Against the glass”

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

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Development in Womanspeak: A Journal of Literature and Art by Caribbean Women Volume 6  – 2012 (Development was also previewed in Tongues of the Ocean 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”

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Mango Season in the Caribbean Writer Volume 26  – 2012:

Excerpt:
“I bite in
Chewing on the tangy skin
The sweet rushes in”

***

 

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”

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Ghosts Lament in S X Salon 5 – 2011:

Excerpt:
“Someone beats a pan
A skanking Marley jam”

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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 – 2010:

Excerpt:
“de pepperpot
we concoct
outa de slave master
tongue
an’ blen’ up wid
de sweet African
song”

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Venus Ascending in Mythium: The Journal of Contemporary Literature – 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  – Special Issue (Serving the Spirits: Women and Voodoo in Literature and Popular Culture) – 2008:

Excerpt:
“Sacred Roots, Strong Limbs
Jumbie have long memory”

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Prospero’s Education in Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters Volume 4 Number 2  – 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 – 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”

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

Excerpt:
“De calypsonian
ha wan special gift
he lif’ de horrors
from de life
o’ de people
an’ mek dem
dance to it”

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Ah Write! in The Caribbean Writer Volume 18 – 2004 (also available online in the 2014 PEN World Voices Online anthology; and in the PEN America Journal 18. In Transit (2015). Note: The print version has unauthorized edits for which they have since apologized.):

Excerpt:
“Ah Write ’cause is so ah
sing
an’ dance
an’ bring ma art”

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

Excerpt:
“in spite of
distances
and differences
and the fact that we
only offer each other
fragments
of ourselves.”

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De Bull in Antigua Sun – 2000:

Excerpt:
“He kneels down before us
though not bowed.
Never that!”

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Hope Springs Eternal in Collective Soul – 1998:

Excerpt:
“I know
what a practical
joker
you are
so
Bitch
don’t tease me”

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Old People in Collective Soul – 1998:

Excerpt:
“like diamonds
mined from
Africa’s soul
sold
but wearing
dignity
still”

 

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