1. Uncle Time by Dennis Scott.
The world of the fantastic surrounds us. Portrait of the Artist as craftsman.
2. Reel from “The Life Movie” by Anthony McNeill.
It’s the music of the line that matters.
3. Another Life by Derek Walcott.
Poetry is a vocation—a calling.
4. The Arrivants by Kamau Brathwaite.
Africa is an integral part of our culture and we denigrate the continent to our own psychic peril.
5. Mimic Men by VS Naipaul.
Naipaul’s cautionary tale about a man who is so consumed by the notion of “superior” colonial culture that he demeans the beauty around him.
6. The Pond by Mervyn Morris.
Make every word, every syllable, and every sound count.
7. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.
The life of an artist, especially those from colonized countries, is fraught with perils to conform.
8. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus.
Camus’s response to our collective existential condition.
9. The Inferno by Dante (trans. Robert Pinsky).
A poet’s response to the moral crisis in his culture. I also have to thank Mr. Pinsky for allowing me to use a quotation from his translation in my novel Benjamin, my son.
10. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren.
Corruption, father and son relationships, the burden of Plantation America
11. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.
Lyricism, the burden of Plantation America
12. Love in a Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Marquéz.
What can I say? I’m a romantic.
13. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda.
14. The Children of Sisyphus by Orlando Patterson.
A Jamaican hell.
15. The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell.
Myths are intertwined/hardwired into our DNA. It is the poet’s job to revise/ renew the myths and suggest new ways.
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