In an act of imaginative virtuosity, Jamaican-born poet Shara McCallum wonders what might’ve been if poet Robert Burns, “arguably the most well-known Scot,” had left his Scottish home for Jamaica in 1786 [...] The poetry collection that rises out her ­what-if question, “No Ruined Stone,” [...] is arresting, lyrical, wrestling with colonialism, racism, and the knotted legacy of slavery. McCallum inserts herself into Burns; many of the poems are voiced from his perspective. “What in man yokes us to the past?” she asks, and writes of being “harrowed by the feeling of the damned.”

Nina MacLaughlin
The Boston Globe