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Doe Songs

As the recent winner of the Hollick-Arvon and Wasafiri poetry prizes, Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné is a powerful new voice in poetry. Her poems inhabit a world of permeable barriers and transformations between men and women, humans and animals, the hunters and the hunted and the living and the dead.

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Author(s)
Danielle Boodoo-Fortune
ISBN
9781845234188
Pages
80
Price
£8.99
Classification
Poetry
Setting
Trinidad and Tobago
Date published
15 Mar 2018

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné’s poems inhabit a world of permeable barriers and transformations between men and women, humans and animals, the hunters and the hunted and the living and the dead. Her collection creates vivid images of the rural Trinidadian world, where she grew up and still lives. This is a world where the real and the mythical rub shoulders, where people know about the magical properties of plants, where anything can happen, where “everything that breathes will howl”. What emerges from her vivid word-pictures are images of the complexity of family ties, of motherhood that is both tender and fearsome, of an intimacy with the natural world which is torn between fears for its fragility and hopes for its resilience. In the words of Shivanee Ramlochan, “Boodoo-Fortuné’s lines are primed for simplicity and brutality alike… of the promises stirring within buried bones… and all manner of unknowable, mysterious selves.”

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné won the 2016 Wasafiri New Writing Prize, Poetry category. Here's how winning the prize has impacted her and her writing career. https://t.co/lsRk55ZOHL?amp=1

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Danielle Boodoo-Fortune

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné is a Trinidadian poet and artist. She is the winner of the 2018 Wasafiri New Writing Prize and the 2016 Hollick-Arvon Prize. Her writing and art have appeared in publications such as Bim: Arts for the 21st Century, the Caribbean Writer, Small Axe Literary Salon, Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, Dirtcakes Journal, Room Magazine and others. She was awarded the Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize by the Caribbean Writer in 2009, and in 2013 featured in the Bocas New Talent Showcase, was shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize and the Montreal Poetry Prize, and won the the Small Axe Literary competition.

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