The Philosophy of Poetry

Written by Glenville Ashby, PhD for Kaieteur News on Sunday, September 8th, 2019

Roger Robinson’s work is shrouded in darkness, a tenebrous blanket that provokes our every sense. Still, its aesthetic appeal is undeniable. With masterful timing and tone, Portable Paradise delivers a definitive statement on the wretchedness of the human experience. His offerings are provocative and decisively artful. His abundance impresses. From quotidian calamities and injustice, to the recount of history’s darkest hours, Robinson relentlessly reminds us of the evil that stalks the land.


Portable Paradise is a work of inexorable brilliance. Throughout, Providence is unforgiving and we recoil. Still, we are drawn to Robinson’s every pronouncement, his magic, and his work of luminous darkness.