No. 23 • September 2010

Image above: Stephen Tyrone Williams and Johnny Ferro in Children of God, directed by Kareem Mortimer; photograph courtesy the trinidad+tobago film festival


Her scarlet tongue
Vahni Capildeo on A Leaf in His Ear: Collected Poems, by Mahadai Das

Where is the love
Melissa Richards on Sections of an Orange, by Anton Nimblett

Redemption song
Robert Edison Sandiford on Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Lord

Wet season
Pamela Mordecai on The Damp in Things, by Millicent A.A. Graham, and She Who Sleeps With Bones, by Tanya Shirley

Philip Nanton on Suckle, by Roger Robinson, and Bird Head Son, by Anthony Joseph

The shape of “I”
Charmaine Valere on I Name Me Name, by Opal Palmer Adisa

Colour wars
J. Michael Dash on Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934–1957, by Matthew J. Smith

A region for itself
F.S.J. Ledgister on Sovereignty of the Imagination: Conversations III, by George Lamming

Other new and recent books


Recent Caribbean film

A special section, supported by the trinidad+tobago film festival 2010

Could you be loved
Nicholas Laughlin on Children of God, directed by Kareem Mortimer

Gold fever
Georgia Popplewell on Orpailleur, directed by Marc Barrat

There will be blood
Jane Bryce on La Soga, directed by Josh Crook

Songs of the road
Ian Craig on Los Viajes del Viento, directed by Ciro Guerra

The return of the native
Dylan Kerrigan on The Amerindians, directed by Tracy Assing and Sophie Meyer

Addicted to rockstone
Kellie Magnus on The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee “Scratch” Perry, directed by Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough

Colour wheel
Andre Bagoo on Coolie Pink and Green, directed by Patricia Mohammed



Create dangerously
Edwidge Danticat on the courage to write and read in dangerous times. An excerpt from her new book

Holding the strain
Mervyn Morris on the life and poetic achievement of Wayne Brown (1944–2009)

B.C. Pires on The Longest Kiss Goodnight, the new album by jointpop
John Robert Lee on the late Sesenne Descartes and her classic 1991 album St Lucia’s First Lady of Folk

Something from nothing
A short story by Barbara Jenkins, Caribbean regional winner of the 2010 Commonwealth Short Story Competition

Pan Session: Laventille, by Wayne Brown
West Coast, by Shara McCallum