'Anthony Kellman: Wings of a Stranger'
Robert Clarke, Caribbean Beat
Kellman is a multi-talented man not only does he write and sing his poetry, he also produces his own music and plays instruments in his Tuk band too. Listen to the accompanying CD before reading the poems: the verse truly comes to life when the rhythm of Barbadian Tuk is added. Some of the songs are playful and dreamy. 'All Iím dreaming of', in its ingenuousness, recalls the Beatles in the mood of 'Octopusís Garden'. 'Island', already a powerful collection of images in miniature, is even more impressive in Kellmanís smiling, slightly watered Bajan accent. His varied cadence lingers long after the music is over. A few of the poems implode, as strong, memorable lines bow to those more brittle, but on the whole Wings of a Stranger is worth a read, or a listen. And the indigenous Ruk-a-tuk folk music of Barbados is well served here.
This review relates to the book
Wings of a Stranger
by Anthony Kellman