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Footnotes: Black Sand, by Edward Baugh

by Nicholas Laughlin on November 20, 2013

“Footnotes” is a series of occasional blog posts giving further information about books reviewed in the CRB The November 2013 CRB includes a review by Ishion Hutchinson of Edward Baugh’s Black Sand: New and Selected Poems. “Baugh’s brand of poetry,” writes Hutchinson, “has given the quotidian Caribbean experience, and often the unexamined Caribbean life, an [...]


Douen Islands and the art of collaboration

by Nicholas Laughlin on November 4, 2013

An interview with writer Andre Bagoo and graphic designer Kriston Chen about the collaborative Douen Islands project

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“What does ‘black’ look like?”

by Nicholas Laughlin on November 2, 2013

Poet Hannah Lowe, whose debut book was inspired by her Jamaican father, is profiled in Caribbean Beat


R.I.P. Édouard Glissant, 1928–2011

by Nicholas Laughlin on February 3, 2011

Édouard Glissant, Martiniquan poet, novelist, essayist, and thinker, one of the Caribbean’s towering literary figures, died this morning in Paris, at the age of 82. Described by Le Monde as “the champion of métissage and exchange” — “le chantre du métissage et de l’échange” — Glissant was a major proponent of the Antillanité movement, articulating [...]


’im bounce right back

by Nicholas Laughlin on December 2, 2010

Earlier this week, the CRB published F.S.J. Ledgister’s review of Edward Seaga’s two-volume political memoir, My Life and Leadership, plus historian Patrick E. Bryan’s monograph Edward Seaga and the Challenges of Modern Jamaica. Seaga, prime minister of Jamaica from 1980 to 1989 and leader of the opposition for a cumulative two decades, was the last [...]


“One of those moments you live entirely alone”

by Nicholas Laughlin on November 30, 2010

Mervyn Morris Do you know those moments when nothing has happened; nothing that you can talk about — yet you feel that some tremendous change has taken place? It is like the spinning and prickling in the limbs that you can feel at night when your bones are growing; except this other kind of change [...]


“Tomorrow is not promised to beasts or men”

by Nicholas Laughlin on October 19, 2010

4 a.m., posted at Vimeo Muhammad Muwakil is one of the emerging stars of the Trinidadian poetry scene, and recent performances in other parts of the Caribbean are winning him a regional audience as well. (Your Antilles blogger was there when Muwakil brought down the house during one of the open-mike sessions at the Calabash [...]


In his time

by Nicholas Laughlin on September 16, 2010

Wayne Brown (1944–2009). Photograph courtesy Mariel Brown The Trinidadian writer Wayne Brown — who died a year ago this week, on 15 September, 2009 — first came to widespread attention as a poet. His debut book, On the Coast (1972), won him the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and a Gregory Fellowship at the University of Leeds. [...]

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From the CRB archive: considering Eric Roach

by Nicholas Laughlin on August 22, 2010

Eric Roach. Photograph courtesy Laurence Breiner Today’s Stabroek News includes an essay by Al Creighton on the Tobagonian poet Eric Roach, one of Caribbean literature’s great tragic figures. Born in Tobago in 1915, educated at a grammar school in Scarborough, Roach began publishing his poems in the late 1930s in local newspapers. Over the next [...]


In hand: A Leaf in His Ear

by Nicholas Laughlin on July 29, 2010

The Leaf in His Ear Left, the golden leaf bears from his ear. At eighteen, Bushman fighting to control diamonds in his glass head. The waters of the river swirl by. I and I Rastaman, with knotty India hair, has long ago ceased. The good Lord swallowed him up. Into Guiana forests. North-west. Dogs bark [...]

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From the CRB archive: poems by Jane King

by Nicholas Laughlin on July 25, 2010

View of St Lucia from the sea. Photograph by Mike Werner, posted at Flickr under a Creative Commons license While the CRB publishes new reviews and other material (almost) every week, we’re also slowly transferring the contents of all our back issues to our new online archive. (It’s going to take us a few months [...]