Bookshelf 2023: Archipelagos

Written by Richard Price and Sally Price for New West Indian Guide on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024
...prolific Jamaican novelist and poet Geoffrey Philp who has long lived in Miami, begins by invoking Aimé Césaire and Columbus, King Leopold and the Congo, and slave ships crossing the Atlantic, then moves from the horrors of colonialism to those of rising sea-levels, hurricanes, and bleaching corals. Later it turns to poems about genocide, living in Miami [...] And he ends with the Admiral of the Ocean Seas (miraculously) watching the news on television of Edward Colston’s statue being toppled into Bristol Harbor, one of the many “criminals in the archipelago of the dispossessed.”