Potent Magazine features five Caribbean poets you need to know


Nandini Gosine-Mayrhoo (Potent Magazine) features five Caribbean poets you need to know: John Agard (Guyana), Elliot Bastien (Trinidad), Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné (Trinidad), Richard Georges (British Virgin Islands), and Nancy Morejón (Cuba, shown above). Visit link below for a short bio of each author. Gosine-Mayrhoo writes:

The Caribbean boasts many children of literary talent: V.S. Naipaul, Edwidge Danticat, Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite and Grace Nichols to name but a few.  Of these names, Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott stands out as being famous for his poetry as much as his other writings – his epic poem Omeros having won worldwide literary acclaim.

Numerous poets continue to promote the region’s talent on the world stage. It is difficult to select just a few names from this broad range of talent, but in attempting to highlight five poets of note, POTENT has first looked to the shortlist for the 2015 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize. We have selected three names from this shortlist: Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Richard Georges and Elliot Bastien. Boodoo-Fortuné and Georges, although having already enjoyed some recognition for their work, are representative of the Caribbean’s aspiring poets. Bastien provides inspiration for those who may have dabbled in poetry in their youth and who may want to return to that craft in their later years.

Our list of five also includes Nancy Morejón and John Agard, recognized and successful poets from Cuba and Guyana respectively. Morejón has been a pioneer in the poetic field in her native country and Agard……well, we can only say that once you listen to his work, you will agree that he is a Caribbean poet worth knowing. [. . .]

[Many thanks to David Knight for sharing this link.]

For full article, see http://www.potentmagazine.com/five-caribbean-poets-need-know/

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