New Book: Andre Bagoo’s “Pitch Lake”

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Andre Bagoo’s latest poetry collection, Pitch Lake, will be launched at Poetry Forward, a Bocas Lit Fest event next Thursday, April 27, featuring Vahni Capildeo and Kei Miller, and readings from other new works by Shivanee N. Ramlochan (Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting), Richard Georges (Make Us All Islands), and Rosamond S. King (Rock | Salt | Stone), with music by Gillian Moor. For more information at Bocas Lit Fest.

Description: Divided into two sections under the subtitles, Pitch and Lake, Andre Bagoo s poems explore the multiple resonances of the words, where pitch signifies both the stickiness of memory the way the La Brea Pitch Lake is a place where “buried trees [are] born again” and the idea of scattering: of places and impressions and the effort to hold them in one vision. The first part brings together poems that encompass reflections on art; Trinidad as a fallen Eden with its history of slavery and the inhumanity of “cachots brulants”; Black Lives Matter; visits to Britain and the image of cows “straight out of Hardy” and poems about finding love in a climate of homophobia. Poems with an elaborated discursive structure sit next to little imagist poems written in response to Trinidad s disappearing fauna and threatened eco-system.

The second part, Lake, is a sequence of prose poems, varying in length, some surreal, suggestive rather than explicit, presenting subtly dislocated narratives that, even in a short space, disrupt the reader s expectations of where they are heading. In their brevity, these prose pieces offer surfaces, like that of a lake, that invite the reader to wonder what lies underneath but warn that this is not necessarily what is most predictable.

In Pitch Lake, Andre Bagoo, author of the Bocas prize shortlisted poetry collection, Burn, displays a continuing commitment to exploration and experiment.

For more information, see http://www.peepaltreepress.com/books/pitch-lake and https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pitch-Lake-Andre-Bagoo/dp/1845233530

For more information on the Bocas Lit Fest event, see http://bit.ly/2o7xopq

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