Synopses & Reviews
Caribbean verse is among the most diverse and exciting in the world, encompassing work from nations as different as Haiti, Trinidad, Jamaica, Dominica, Puerto Rico, Martinique, and Cuba. In The New Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse, Stewart Brown and Mark McWatt offer the only anthology of Caribbean poetry that represents all of the Caribbean - not just the English language writers, but the Spanish and French poets as well. The book features a range of writers from Claude McKay and Derek Walcott, to Jesus Cos Causse and Aimé Césaire, to Julia Alvarez and Julia De Burgos. It covers acclaimed and lesser-known poets of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, as well as exciting newer voices from the 80s and 90s. Poetry lovers will find this a rich and satisfying book, offering an original context in which to explore the unique poetry of this region. Now available with a stylish, contemporary look, this rich reissue will enchant, entertain, and inform.
About the Author
Stewart Brown is a poet and critic who teaches African and Caribbean literature at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham. He worked as a teacher in Jamaica in the early 1970s, lectured at Bayero University, Kano in Nigeria in the 1980s, and later taught at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. He has edited several anthologies of Caribbean writing and published many books and essays on aspects of West Indian culture.
Mark McWatt is a Guyanese poet and critic who taught for some time at universities in Canade and the UK, and is now Professor of West Indian Literature in the Department of English at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. He has published many books and essays on aspects of Caribbean literature, with a particular interest in Guyanese writers. He is editor of The Journal of West Indian Literature and edited, with Hazel Simmonds, the anthology for Caribbean schools A World of Poetry. His own poetry is widely published and anthologized, and his collection The Language of Eldorado won the prestigious Guyana Prize for Poetry in 1994.