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And Caret Bay Again: New & Selected Poems

Since her first published collection in 1988, but as an established poet long before then, Velma Pollard has been an essential voice of Jamaica and the Caribbean. In this selection from four previous collections and a substantial set of new poems, we see the signal qualities of her work – its mature reflectiveness, quiet integrity, its ability to reach to the heart of Caribbean tragedies both political and personal without sentimentality, stridency or loss of hope.

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Author(s)
Velma Pollard
ISBN
9781845232092
Pages
190
Price
£10.99
Classification
Poetry
Setting
Jamaica
Date published
30 Mar 2013

We see, too, over time, the work of a poet who has her finger on the pulse of change over the past several decades, but who also has her eye on what is enduring, the places across the region she constantly returns to, the human qualities on which a hard-won hope can be sustained. There is both stillness and movement in her poems, the recording of the experiences of travel and the moments at rest when there is space for contemplation. Hers is always a personal voice and woman’s voice, conversational, sometimes exasperated but always thought-provoking. If the sharpness of her comments on the inequalities of race and gender seem to have tempered over the years, it is because of a continually deepening appreciation of the essential lineaments of the human condition caught in the passing of time. She is, though, always a Jamaican and a Caribbean poet whose work is shaped by her sense of the region’s difficult history, but also by its unparalleled natural beauties.

Velma Pollard writes poetry, fiction and studies of language. She was born in Jamaica and worked at the University of the West Indies where she was Dean of the Faculty of Education before her retirement.

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Velma Pollard

Velma Pollard writes poetry, fiction and studies of language. She was born in Jamaica and is retired from the University of the West Indies where she was Dean of the Faculty of Education.

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