December 14, 2012

Miranda - N°7 - Geoffrey Philp, Dub Wise: Review

Miranda - N°7 - Geoffrey Philp, Dub Wise

"With this new collection, it is quite clear that Philp embodies the continuation of a Caribbean tradition of criticism and creative writing. Indeed, his style is deeply reminiscent of Derek Walcott’s poetry, densely metaphorical in "Beyond Mountain View". But it also bears the influence of Kamau Brathwaite’s more pared-down couplets in "Limbo: Version". His "Ode to Brother Joe: Version" updates a poem by the late Tony McNeill, "Ode to Brother Joe", about a Rastafarian elder lost in Babylon. "Warner Woman: Version" is dedicated to Edward Baugh and is, of course, a take on his famous "Warner Woman". The word "version" in these titles testifies to the influence of reggae culture on Philp. This word refers to an instrumental or a dub version of a well-known reggae tune."

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