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Caribbean Bookshelf (July/August 2016)

Written by Shivanee Ramlochan for Caribbean Beat on Friday, July 1, 2016

The Gymnast and Other Positions somersaults off the edge of complacently told narratives from its opening story. [...] Jamaican Jacqueline Bishop presents characters and figures beset by thickets of sexual expansion and exploitation, beleaguered identity crises, gendered aggressions, and the menacingly evolutionary swathe of slavery. [...] Whether she positions them at the barre or in the full boardwalk of their pain, the writer lets these figures move and breathe with fortitudinous awareness of their range of motion.

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