Reprints highlight Kyk-Over-Al’s service to Guyanese, West Indian literature

Quiet’s Event                                 I The mountains slowly emerge out of mist and cloud This is the epitome of quiet’s event when the sun warm and filled with distant barking of dogs rises inevitably into the mind rises into the world and exists beyond abstraction beyond any attempt to ignore its objective presence, so that we feel eternally alive.

Early movement in Guyanese poetry

Albion Wilds                   Dear Solitude!                   Where peace and concord dwell,                 Whose smiling beauties quell                 The soul’s inquietude.

Literature’s importance in Carifesta

A very significant factor in Carifesta is literature. A meaningful study of this regional cultural festival is a lengthy and complex undertaking that will require many revisits, including its treatment and representation of the region’s literature.

Audiences scarce at Carifesta

Carifesta XIII is in progress in Barbados. This edition of the region’s premier festival of the arts has underlined a number of issues affecting the festival and a number of patterns that have formed, indicating trends that have developed.

The forgotten Walcott

There is a substantial body of work by a writer who was one of St Lucia’s most outstanding dramatists and who was quite dominant among West Indian playwrights throughout the 1960s into the 1970s. 

Themes on emancipation

To Toussaint L’Ouverture TOUSSAINT, the most unhappy man of men!       Whether the whistling Rustic tend his plough      Within thy hearing, or thy head be now               Pillowed in some deep dungeon’s earless den;—               O miserable Chieftain!

Visual arts competition 2017 on track

By Alim Hosein As the deadline for receipt of entries to the 2017 Guyana Visual Arts Competition (GVAC) approached on May 27, there was a large number of artists who had earlier arrived at Castellani House, the National Gallery of Art, to submit their entries.

Trending: Nothing to Laugh About

Last week’s performance of “Nothing to Laugh About 10” at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) seems to have sealed the issue about current audience choices in popular theatre in Guyana.

Whither J’ouvert in Guyana?

Guyanese in Georgetown had a resounding, populous J’ouvert for this year’s independence anniversary, which saw overwhelming multitudes descend upon the National Park, some of them moving there after leaving the flag raising ceremony at D’Urban Park.

The literature of Independence

Mark McWatt’s multiple prize-winning work of fiction Suspended Sentences: Fictions of Atonement  provides an extremely unique way of handling the issue of Guyanese Independence, which is perhaps the most remarkable direct treatment of such a theme in Guyanese literature since Independence. 

‘Ode To Autumn’

Ode To Autumn Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease, For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

Schools and public theatre

Major dramatic productions by schools in Guyana are sporadic, apart from one school that has staged an annual public play for at least the past three years.

Derek Walcott

By the setting of the final decade of the twentieth century, Derek Walcott (January 23, 1930 – March 17, 2017) had advanced to be regarded as the world’s best poet.

Changes and shifts destabilizing the pillars of Mashramani

The road make to walk on carnival day And I don’t like to talk, but I’ve got to say …                           Lord Kitchener, “The Road” (1963) The carnival season ended last Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday, otherwise called Mardi Gras) and the contrasting period of Lent started on Wednesday (Ash Wednesday).

Music highlights changing culture and trends in Trinidad carnival

Recession doh bother we Promote a fete and you go see How we go party to the full extreme And light it up with kerosene            Ultimate Rejects As the Republic of Guyana winds down Mashramani celebrations, carnival races to its peak in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in another year when the two festivals overlap. 

African poetry and politics

(for khalam) Long, long have you held between your hands the black face                  of the warrior Held as if already there fell on it a twilight of death.