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.
Vahni Capildeo wows the crowd, reading from her new book, Dark and Unaccustomed Wordsnew poems from a forthcoming book, Utter, uncollected work, as well as poems from an earlier book, Undraining Sea. But she begins her set with a poem written by me, from Trick Vessels, entitled ‘The Oilbird’.
Bocas Lit Fest programme director Nicholas Laughlin poses thoughtful questions in a discussion segment which also involved the audience.
An audience member poses a question about a “surprising” line in my poem, ‘The Unnamed Creature Said to Come from Water’.
Editor Anne Walmsley urges the audience to buy our books and points to a pamplet published for Alice Yard last year as part of a collaboration between the poets. Jamaican blogger Annie Paul (red beret) focuses on the discussion.
All photos courtesy Rodell Warner, the official photographer of the Bocas Lit Fest. READ an account of the launch here.
8 May 2012 / 4 notes