When the Trinidadian poet Victor Questel died in 1982, at the tragically young age of 33, it was a major loss to Caribbean poetry, T&T’s Newsday reports.
He left behind a small but acclaimed body of work, and a sense of enormous literary potential only partly fulfilled. With his three books long out of print, Questel’s body of work has gradually faded into obscurity.
But the publication of a new edition of his Collected Poems promises to revive Questel’s reputation for a new generation, and return him to his place among the key Caribbean poets of the 1970s and 80s.
The new edition of Questel’s Collected Poems, to be published by Peepal Tree Press as part of its Caribbean Classics series, will be launched at the 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest.
On Saturday at 4pm, Gordon Rohlehr will speak alongside Peepal Tree publisher Jeremy Poynting, Earl Lovelace, John Robert Lee and Vahni Capildeo in celebration of this overdue milestone.