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Ann-Margaret Lim: Bearing witness – for Mervyn Morris

Ann-Margaret Lim writes for the Jamaica Gleaner:

Monday, October 18, we celebrate Heroes Day in Jamaica. We also have individual heroes and for many of us, they include our parents and a few others.

My living Jamaican heroes include: Olive Senior, Eddie Baugh, Mervyn Morris, Kwame Dawes and Safiya Sinclair.

The poem below is my tribute to Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris.

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Peepal Tree poets on the Underground

Poems on the Underground has made some of its tube poems available online.

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Poem-a-Day: 'One Summer' by Ann-Margaret Lim

Ann-Margaret Lim has just published the poem 'One Summer' for Poem-a-Day at Poets.org. Of the poem, Ann-Margaret says,

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Live poetry with Marvin Thompson and Saili Katebe with Q&A (Clevedon Literary Festival)

Thursday 21 October
7.30-9pm, ages 12+
Book online via Curzon Cinema & Arts

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Shara McCallum press round-up for No Ruined Stone

Shara McCallum and her latest collection No Ruined Stone have been taking the internet by storm. Find a round-up of the news coverage below:

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Shara McCallum on 'Husband'

In its 'In Their Own Words' feature, The Poetry Society of America invited Shara McCallum to share and discuss a poem. Shara shares 'Husband', and discusses the origin of the poem as '[troubling] the waters of memory'.

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Newsday: Escaping the pandemic (with The Mermaid of Black Conch)

"It wasn't by accident that The Mermaid of Black Conch swam her way into readers’ hearts during this pandemic. The Peepal Tree Press publication written by Monique Roffey garnered international fame and became one of the most successful Caribbean books of the pandemic year because it provided romance and an exotic escape from covid19 worries," writes Debbie Jacob for Newsday.

Read the article in full.

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An interview with Shara McCallum

Gregory Luce, after reading No Ruined Stone for review, asked Shara McCallum if he could interview her. She agreed, and so his review at scene4, which labelled No Ruined Stone as 'one of this year's essential books', also includes a short interview with the poet.

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Poetry Today: Shara McCallum

Shara McCallum and Claudia Castro Luna are the two poets interviewed this month at the Kenyon Review. In the interview with Ruben Quesada, Shara goes into wonderful detail about poetry, reading and writing.

On the topic of poetry, Shara is generous, saying, 'I prefer the idea that poetry has as many purposes as there are readers and writers than the idea that poetry has any singular role or purpose.' She feels that while poetry 'can be part of the structure of our communal lives', that isn't often the case.

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#WATCH: Malika Booker reads 'To Poet Cyprian Kamil Norwid'

Malika Booker’s reading of her tribute poem 'To Poet Cyprian Kamil Norwid' was recently shared to the Polish Cultural Institute in London YouTube page. Watch it below.

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