At Jamaica's Calabash Festival
On Sunday, I read a poem from Trick Vessels at an open mike session at Jamaica’s literary festival held at Treasure Beach, St Elizabath. I read the poem ‘How to Put A Cat Into A Hypnotic Trance’, timed to the spell-binding of the sea. A useful thing to have. SEE more here.
If you find yourself back here You have mastered the first trick.– Olive Senior, over the roofs of the world
Ken Edward's 'Chaconne'
I’ve been dipping into Ken Edward’s Chaconne (an electronic chapbook published by Shearsman Books in 2007, and available here). It’s beauty and music have been turning things around inside me making me want to share in its riffs and variations; in the images it conjures then amplifies through five-lined splendour. Questions of faith, environment and logic are all heard, but it...
They lived in a boat upside down on the strand, but he was of the kind who...– – Vijay Seshadri
The language is not about conveying information; it is about conveying meaning....– Jeanette Winterson on Djuna Barnes’ novel Nightwood
After the Bocas Lit Fest last month, I am only now settling down and getting a chance to read of a lot of the books I got. Some of these books I had encountered before but never owned. Others, I picked up for the very first time. And yet more are no doubt preludes to other work I intend to go out and look for! Right now, as I glance at the bedside pile, I see I’ve got: Of Age and...
More photos from launch of Trick Vessels at Bocas...
The reading takes place at the Old Fire Station Building, Port of Spain, on April 28, the third day of the festival. There is standing room only for those who arrive late. I read from Trick Vessels and ended with one poem by Vahni, entitled ‘Fusion’ (which you can read here if you like). Vahni Capildeo wows the crowd, reading from her new book, Dark and Unaccustomed Wordsnew...
A tricky event
On April 28, I was honoured and delighted to launch Trick Vessels with a reading at the Bocas Lit Fest, alongside the poet Vahni Capildeo. The reading took place at the Old Fire Station Building, Abercromby Street, at the heart of Port-of-Spain, just before noon. I read several poems from Trick Vessels including: ‘An Authors Note on Trick Vessels Which’; ‘The Unnamed Creature...
Too burning and too quick to hold, Too lovely to be bought or sold– Sara Teasdale, ‘The Falling Star’