'wide and protean'

Written by Laurence Breiner for Journal of West Indian Literature on Sunday, November 1st, 2015

"A distinctive and recognizable voice runs through all of Lucien’s poems, but his tonal variety is both wide and protean. There is a seriousness in his work—even in his wit—which has to do with his respect for the heft of a people’s lived life, and not with any darkness of vision, or moodiness, or angst. His poems have the kind of life-energy to be found in any fresh shovelful of soil. This is poetry of the ground, of the yard and the schoolyard and the provision ground. Lucien digs deep, plants deep, and draws upon depths of resource. In nearly every one of these poems we sense power in reserve, presences that can be felt." (143) JWIL Vol 23 Nos. 1 & 2, April/November 2015