The Writers’ Room

A weekly column featuring the work of Guyanese writers, both established and emerging.

Missed Connections

By Samaria Deonauth              He glanced around the sparsely occupied café, scanning the unfamiliar faces, but even the face he was searching for is unfamiliar.

Meshach Andres Pierre
Meshach Andres Pierre

Q&A: Meshach Andres Pierre

Meshach Pierre is a conservation biologist by training, but aims to be an interdisciplinary social and ecological scientist.

HOLDING CELL NO. 15

Once upon a time, the world was bigger. And brighter. And better. Guyana was bigger too. A little brighter. A little better. It sat on the shoulder of what was then South America, which stretched out into what was then the Caribbean Sea.

Sweet Veins of Greed

                                                                  Sweet veins of sugar run deep within our skin Whipped and seared with striations of blood And salt-filled wounds, an indelible record Written on our backs A dark ink that runs through time Straight from our fore-parents’ pain History is not a past tense but a well-remembered thing Of toil and terror that bleeds into the present hours And addresses our soul with stories of monied greed That dripped from light, sugar-sweetened skins Those that clamped the chains, those that cracked the whips To brutish laughter and are risen yet again To entrap with new stories of gluttony and greed Wearing their thin disguise, wearing their blackened sheen That drills down through layers and layers of time To claim sweet veins of oil that rest unworried in the core beneath And we who once were hurt and who once felt the pain Have learned to profit from the loss And to profit from the gain And the massa-day avarice we once condemned and blamed We see in the mirror now garbed in full length And caught in full embrace of the very greed Of the very sweetened deals Now that we have signed our name Here on this dotted line that pushes past the past That pushes past the pain To reveal the grins, the skin-teeth open mouths Of the shiny, oil-slickened beings That we have become -Ryhaan Shah

Ryhaan Shah

Q&A: Ryhaan Shah

Ryhaan Shah, who has worked as a journalist in print and television, has had three novels published in the United Kingdom.

Nadia Sagar

Q&A: Nadia Sagar

Nadia Sagar is an attorney-at-law. In her spare time, she writes short stories and is currently working on a collection she hopes to one day publish.

Q&A: Chevy Devonish

In addition to being a journalist, university lecturer and newly admitted member of the bar, Chevy Devonish is an avid volunteer with various organisations, including the Volunteer Youth Corp.

Gabrielle Mohamed

Confronting the divide

In “Dear Coast Landerz ah Guyana,”creole poet Gabrielle Mohamed confronts the attitudes of coastland residents to their indigenous counterparts by way of a letter of complaint.

Imagining future Guyanas

By Nicholas Peters Colonialism had already imposed colonial mindsets on the psyche of African people, which meant that they continued to reproduce coloniality as their future even after direct juridical colonialism has been dismantled – Sabelo J.Ndlovu-Gatsheni

 ‘Doubles, for those who do not know, is a Trinidadian snack food. Channa curry, liquid, served with two flat round fried bara and different pickles.’ (Photo by Terrence Thompson)

Half of a doubles with tamarind in Georgetown

By Vidyaratha Kissoon I see the sign – “Doubles $200” – on the cart at the busy corner of the road and I think never mind who is watching, I am going to stand and eat one and I don’t care how much mess I make on my mouth and hands and clothes.

Vidyaratha Kissoon
(Timehri Film Festival photo)

‘Writing as therapy’

Vidyaratha Kissoon’s “Half of a doubles with tamarind in George-town,” which is the third of four non-fiction pieces we are featuring this month, is an edited version of a post first published on his blog, Thoughts of a Minibus Traveller, which is now in its tenth year.

Nikita Blair

Q&A: Nikita Blair

Curated by Andre Haynes and Dreylan Johnson “When your body betrays you,” by Nikita Blair, is the second of four non-fiction works that will be featured this month.

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