Kendel, in this new collection, comes over in the voice of an elder, a griot visioning that which might ultimately help us find the Caribbean, find ourselves and reassert ourselves in the making of our history.
Running through the Wordplanting collection is the clear theme of the need to ground ourselves in the sensibilities of our Caribbean-ness, to reclaim ourselves, to reclaim the Caribbean and assert ourselves unequivocally into the making of our history. If there is uncertainty and indecision, there is not hopelessness.
This collection is sometimes reflective and measured in rhythm, sometimes intense and almost prophetic in vision. Its images and metaphors, rooted as they are in Caribbean flora, fauna and culture connect with us and with the sensibilities of those who continue to search.