'perspicacy shines through'

Written by Richard Price for New West Indian Guide on Friday, September 18th, 2020

Andre Bagoo, Trinidadian poet and short-story writer, has gathered a series of essays in The Undiscovered Country (Leeds U.K.: Peepal Tree, 2020, paper £12.99). Ranging from thoughts about local foods like pone and doubles to interesting ruminations about writers—notably Naipaul and Walcott but also Ishion Hutchinson and other contemporary poets—and moving into historical as well as current British and Trini politics, Bagoo offers a good deal of stimulation. As he writes, he holds little back and his gay, East Indian background is always in the background, but it’s the relevance and perspicacity of his thoughts about the world that shine brightly through.