Caribbean Literature

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Marcia Douglas by Loretta Collins Klobah
Half Way Tree

In echoes and splices of “narrative sonic bites,” Douglas sets her experimental novel, The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, to the dub pulse of Rasta tradition.

Fish by Anu Lakhan

This First Proof contains the story “Fish.”

Junot Díaz by Edwidge Danticat
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If Marvel Comics had gotten around to it, Oscar Wao would have been a hero. As it is, Junot Díaz stepped in and made him one first.

When Writing Becomes Smoke by Anthony Phelps
Two Poems by Denizé Lauture
Five Poems by Georges Castera
Kasalé by Kettly Mars

That night, Sophonie conceived at the height of the downpour. 

Three Poems by Paul Laraque
Was Me Mudda by Oonya Kempadoo

Was me mudda, me gran’mudda, me sisters and me in the house. In Telescope. Claudette, Letitia and Marian—the three’a them, that’s the sisters.

One a Week With Water by Shake Keane
Erna Brodber by Keshia Abraham
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Reading Dr. Erna Brodber’s novel Myal (New Beacon Books, 1988) is a transformative experience that unchains both truths and memories and moves you to explore what she calls the “half that’s not been told.” 

Zee Edgell by Bernardine Evaristo
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When Zee Edgell was born, in 1940, her country, then British Honduras, was part of the British Empire. Her first novel, Beka Lamb, was published in 1982, a year after her country was born as the newly independent Belize, making it the first novel of the new nation.

Antonio Benítez-Rojo by Robert Antoni
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Cuban writer Antonio Benítez-Rojo is best known for his monumental study The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective (1989). 

Triptych by Fred D'Aguiar

My skin is not my secret though my skin keeps my secret.

Ash on Guavas by Lawrence Scott

“This is a darling of an island.” Fitzroy Cuthbert spoke softly to himself as he fumbled with his boots, sitting on the veranda of his small board house in the pearly gray of the foreday morning. 

Maryse Condé by Rebecca Wolff
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This interview is featured, along with thirty-four others, in our anthology BOMB: The Author Interviews.

Robert Antoni’s Blessed is the Fruit by Jenifer Berman
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One part quinine; another obeah magic; finally, scissors.

Mervyn Taylor by Kelvin Christopher James
Mervyn Taylor

His is scrupulous work, light on nostalgia, yet chording the heartstrings with cosmopolite insight. His mellifluous Trinidadian twang slyly softening a New Yorker’s hard-nosed sagacity, Mervyn’s poetry is an edgy pleasure.

Five Poems by Aimé Césaire
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Undoubtedly it is absurd to hail this thrust in mid-ocean
still standing vertically amidst the clawings of the wind
whose heart triggers with each beat
a true liana delirium.

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