Martin Carter (1927–1997)

Martin Carter

An index to material on the Guyanese poet and essayist from the CRB archive and elsewhere online. Return to main subject index here.

From the CRB

By Carter:

“Every poem is incomplete” (selections from Carter’s poetry notebooks, introduced by Rupert Roopnaraine), November 2008

On Carter:

Tomorrow and the world, by Nicholas Laughlin (essay on reading Carter while watching the 2011 uprising in Egypt), January 2011

And did those feet . . ., by Vahni Capildeo (review of University of Hunger: Collected Poems and Selected Prose, by Martin Carter, ed. Gemma Robinson), November 2006

The truth of craft, by Stewart Brown (essay on Carter’s art and legacy), February 2006

Other resources

Biography of Carter from the Peepal Tree Press website

An Interview with Martin Carter, by Gemma Robinson (recorded in Georgetown in 1995 and published in Stabroek News, 13 December, 2006)

The ruins of a great dream, by Brendan de Caires (review of University of Hunger; Stabroek News, 24 September, 2006)

“Everyday possessions”, by Nicholas Laughlin (review of University of Hunger; Caribbean Beat, July/August 2006)

Inspiring poetry, by Andrew Stone (review of University of Hunger; Socialist Review, June 2006)

Poems of Mortality, by Gemma Robinson (essay on Carter’s never-completed late collection of poems; Stabroek News, 13 December, 2009)

Writing and Remembrance, by Gemma Robinson (essay on the relationship between Carter and editor David de Caires; Stabroek News, 21 December, 2008)

The Manuscripts of Martin Carter, by Gemma Robinson (excerpt from a lecture delivered in Georgetown in 2004; Stabroek News, 3 December, 2004)

I believe we can fly, by Tim Hector (obituary column written shortly after Carter’s death; The Outlet, 19 December, 1997)

Excerpt from The Terror and the Time (1979 film directed by Rupert Roopnaraine; features Carter reading “This Is the Dark Time My Love”)

Martin Carter entry at Wikipedia

Martin Carter page at PoemHunter (links to several poems)