Rupert Roopnaraine in 1979

Risker, risk

Gaiutra Bahadur on The Sky’s Wild Noise: Selected Essays, by Rupert Roopnaraine:

“Over the decades, Roopnaraine has been many things: university lecturer, orator (often in eulogy), political prisoner (accused of burning down government buildings in 1979, and jailed), envoy to warring factions of the socialist revolution in Grenada, candidate, parliamentarian, and now education minister. But above and beyond all that, he has been the bearer of Walter Rodney’s urgent message against racial polarisation, and he has been an eyewitness.”

Image above: Rupert Roopnaraine (centre) with Walter Rodney (right) and their WPA colleague Omowale in 1979, in a newspaper photograph published after Rodney’s death

The King of Settlement 4

A short story by Kevin Jared Hosein, Caribbean regional winner of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize:

“Settlement 4 is that old-timey, grassy, carefree type of Trinidad the illustrators adore. Open any Caribbean primary-school readin book and you gon likely see it there.

“We have it all.”


From the November 2013 issue:

Edward Baugh

The spirits approve

Ishion Hutchinson on Black Sand: New and Selected Poems, by Edward Baugh:

“Baugh’s immense poetic achievement is the fluid way in which he moves beyond expression into comprehension, articulating with superb intimacy those echolocations outside of the verbal framework.”

Image above: Edward Baugh. Courtesy Peepal Tree Press


Still from the Stuart Hall Project

Towards the next conjecture

Annie Paul on The Stuart Hall Project, directed by John Akomfrah:

“The question of who he was, who he might be, the mystery of his identity, and identity formation itself, superseded everything else, becoming the hallmark, so to speak, of his academic interests. How do we become who we are? was the question that animated Hall’s investigations.”

Image above: still from The Stuart Hall Project. Courtesy Smoking Dogs Films

Temporary Horizon, by Heino Schmid

A fine balance

Nicholas Laughlin looks back at the 2012 exhibition Into the Mix:

“Place of origin is, at best, an inadequate means of defining a show like Into the Mix. But these ten artists all do have actual places of origin, which appear in their biographical notes and determine the kinds of passports they carry. And critical scrutiny — whether from individuals or institutions — is a form of border control, complete with preconceptions and prejudgements. What do these artists ‘declare’?

Image above: still from Temporary Horizon (video, 2010), by Heino Schmid

Loretta Collins Klobah

Words need love too

Vladimir Lucien on The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman, by Loretta Collins Klobah:

The Twelve-Foot Neon Woman does not run from sentimentality. There is a sharp awareness in this book not merely of the marginalised figure whom poets use as fodder for a poem … but also of their diurnal afflictions, which are real and painful and true. This is where Collins Klobah is mounted by her lwa, Ezili Danto. She becomes aggressively and urgently caring.”

Image above: Loretta Collins Klobah. Courtesy the Bocas Lit Fest


See the full contents of the November 2013 issue here.

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