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Ranging from his native Barbados, across the Southern States (particularly Georgia, where he lives) and taking Caribbean perceptions to Brazil, journeying – by bus, by plane (and remembering earlier passages on the slave ship) – is seen as a truth of twenty-first century existence and a metaphor that is constantly refreshed by warmly empathetic observations of people at different stages in their passage through life. To travel with Kellman is to delight in his eye for the “polyphony in the common salt”, the pleasures he finds even in the most casual of meetings, though he also knows that “nature’s ears are kinder than men’s”. Whether in conversational free verse, or the regularities of his Tuk verse forms, Anthony Kellman’s poetry engages with a felicity of phrase, surprising but apt comparisons and the musicality of his lines.
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Anthony Kellman was born in Barbados. He currently teaches at Augusta