Rachel Manley's poems explore loss and grief in a life-enhancing way. They confront this most universal of experiences with an exactness to feeling, in language which is simple on the surface and complex in its depths. Death is no terrifying abstraction, but part of life and love, humanised through its associations with the particular. Life is always present in the richly evoked Caribbean world.
'Enchanting... like Chopin preludes.' - Louis Simpson.
'A Light Left On... reveals the rich lyricism of her verse, the musicality of her voice, and the clarity and enduring optimism of her vision'. - The Caribbean Writer.
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Rachel Manley was born in Jamaica in 1947. Her father was the late Prime Minister, Michael Manley, her grandparents Norman and Edna Manley. She is the author of the prize-winning Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood (1996).