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Esther Phillips in ZING: 'I'd love to see poetry explode'

The latest issue of ZING, the LIAT in-flight magazine, runs a wonderful review with Esther Phillips, the Bajan poet laureate. She lists her five favourite poetry collections. You read the whole interview at the ZING website.

“These represent a cross-section of poetic thought, experience and styles from Caribbean poets. All the collections chronicle the Caribbean identity historically, socially and culturally. The last two reflect the lives and the emotional responses of women relative to the Caribbean experience as well as universal realities.”

Top five

Esther's top five is as follows:

1. White Egrets by Derek Walcott (Faber & Faber, 2010)

2. Liviticus by Kamau Brathwaite (House of Nehesi, 2017)

3. Collected Poems by John Robert Lee (Peepal Tree Press, 2017)

4. Madwoman by Shara McCallum (Peepal Tree Press, 2017)

5. Doe Songs by Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné (Peepal Tree Press, 2018)

Read the list in full.

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