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'a palimpsestic archive of the Trinidadian society'

Written by Ashwin Rajeev (brownboywithabook) for n/a on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Bagoo writes with the fastidiousness of a curator, with the kind of insatiable attention to even the smallest detail, whereby reading them feels like a deeply engaging walkthrough of an art gallery. Bagoo often begins his essay with a daily encounter — a popular street food, a memory, soca music, or a passage from a book — and links that subject to others, drawing fascinating connections, until you can almost feel the texture of his thinking. Throughout the writing, he weaves together several artists, poets and novelists — V.S. Naipaul, Dylan Thomas, Blue Curry, Lauren K. Alleyne, Ishion Hutchinson and Derek Walcott — layering narratives to reveal, in a rather distinctive manner, a palimpsestic archive of the Trinidadian society.

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