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Jaffo the Calypsonian

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In one of these poems, Ian McDonald writes of the ‘Israelic chirring of brown grasshoppers’, a line which richly suggests the atmosphere of the collection. Following two critically acclaimed collections, Mercy Ward and Essequibo, this volume shows McDonald at his best and most wide-ranging. Vignettes of the West Indies, from stickfighters to cane-cutters and charcoal and pineapple vendors, are the material, and will please those who enjoy solid elegance.

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