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Brown, Stewart ( editor )
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St. Ann, Jamaica
[Stewart Brown]
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The little magazine Now was published from 1973-1974 in Jamaica, and featured contributions of literary criticism, prose, poetry, and art, including (from the second issue): Patti Hinds, Anthony McNiell, Steve Sneyd, Edward Brathwaite, Miles Buxton, George Cairncross, Mary Crooks, Andrew Darlinton, and A.L. Hendriks. ( ,, )
"The main aim of Now is to provide a platform for the work of younger West Indian poets and writers, ad to publish their work alongside that of more established writers from the Caribbean and abroad."--Editorial page

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1 l1he Best of the Magazines to reach us since NOW 3. EIM no:57. Farney, Atlantic Shores, Christ Church, Barbados. The usua.l BD! standard. and mixture, includes tlro fine short stories from Callender a.nd Warner, poems by Hendriks/ Collymore/Ford.e/Questal and others, and the first instalment of li'ranl~ Oollyrnores reminiscences. 77 pages for .25 Barb. ha.s to be a deal. OUTPOSTS no:100. Howard Sergeant. 72 Burwood Rd, Wa).ton on Thames, Surrey KT12 4AI,. England. The centenary number of Britains oldest and mos~ respected poetry magazine, and a fine issue it is too. Poems from some of the many ,many poets that Mr Sergeant has encoragod and suported in the las~ 30 (among them several Vest Indian ~riters). Poems from Ted Hughs~rigb.t/Sillitoe/Amis/Jennings/ Porter/LernerjllacBeath,/13:ro,mjohn/our own A.L. Hendriks and ffia.ny oth~rs. 72 pages for 50 cents 'l1HE N;W VOICES no: 4. Address a.s in review of no: 3. The best issue to date. The new neater format is compliment ed by poems from Rawl Gibbons/Questal/Jackman and others,and by an interesting article on lrest Indian writing by the editor. Also a. story and reviews. 52 pages for 50 cents T&T. PHOElITX no: 11/12. Harry Chambers. 8 Cavendish Rd, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire. England. Philip Larkin issue, comprising poems by and articles about Larkin who is argueably the most important living British poet. A really solid read, dealing with all aspects of the man's ~ rnrk and on the way taking a quiet swipe at American cri ties, Little Engla.nders and Larkin himself as Mthologist. 190 :9ages for 20 Ja.. has to be the bargain o-f the page ~fORKSHOP llEW POETRY no: 23 1-Torrna.n Hid d en. 2 CU.lhaz:i Court, Granville Rd, London 1T4 4.TB. England. One of tho leading UK poetry magazines, 'H'ORKSHOP has always been willing to encorage the new writer by putting his work alongside that of more established poets. This ma..~es for a fresh and interesting variety of styles that keeps the reader on his toee,(a.n uncomfortable position in which to read poetry, but no doubt good for the soul 1) Poems by IIend.:riks,l.tcristel and Czerkawska star for me in this issue. 40 pages at 70cents. TEE WORKSHOP PRESS also publish a series of poetry books, the latest A.L. Hendriks Madonna of the Unlmown N ation. REVIEW SUPPLEMENT PETER R. VIRGADA M O New Writing from Trinidad. "Rather Curious" THE NEW VOICES 3. SELF DISCOVERY THROUGH LITERATURE Ed. Anson Gonzalez. Anson Gonzalez $.50T&T Priceless! THE LOVE SONG OF 30YSIE B. AND OTHER p oEMS KAIRI Anson Gonzalez 11 Christopher Laird $-75Ja. 1 Of these four public~tions from Trinidad and Tobago, three owe their genesis to the efforts of Anson Gonzalez. He i~ the editor of the 1i terary journal New Voices, author of the surv e y entitled Self-Discovery Through Literature, and the poet in The Love Song of Boysie B. Uiuch of his work is commendable and hopefully there are peers in his country equally inc:lustrious. New Voices offers variety both in expression and qual1 ty poems, a short story, and Etn essay o~ ... th~ steel band. Included among th~ verse is a poem by the winner of the T&T Literary Contest for 1973. Victor D. Questa1s "Words and Gestures" is a collage of anger w~thin a West Indian puise. His im~gery readily evokes portraits of frustration contained inside a 'n'. angry young man. Whe~ IYir Questal inj ~ cts mome rits 8 f different mood, the contra~t is not abrasiv~ b ut natural w in his art. Perhaps this is well illustrated .in these } J two passages I j' f ~ ~ : as t =~ide V the rage of your tide . ; I~ ~.: e ac~ n~ght of y,our harvest moon . . reaping with laughter ., . . f .. : t : ~ .:: , ~ : t. :": ~ 0:. The sticlanan's sojourn on the hill and . the snail's 1onely journey must both be mine p a ge 1 ... . .. "~ , ....


Tto dissonance in mood and the freedom in style are a ~leasing mixture of talent devoted tc this solemn ca~nival of T&T life. Stewart Brown's "Blues" is apart from the other pooms in that it does not i:,ertain to the West I~dies. Hin verse dissects the mythology of New Orleans and Bourbon Street jazz. Gone is the blacknass of the munic for even the clarinetist is blond,w and thus only the drummer is Black he "has to be black by law." Go~e is the spontaneity and beauty once inherent in the blues institution. Th~ poet proparly, savagely ~ dis me:.;;ibers the sickness evident in efforts to perpetuate an e~tinct art for the tourist dollar. Rhetoric is the unfortunate chief ingredient for the remainder of the journal's poetry. Perhaps the emotipns showted in "Silence" {David Jack!nan). 11 Trial" (f}.K. Sammy) and "Beach Boys" (Lloyd K~nl,;) mit;ht haVfl bpen more effectively commu11icated i f ~ \!l"itten for a pol~mic essay. In their verse form the senti~-. me~ts are 1 not suffi~iently articulated, and the ~ pQets might look at "Uncle Sammy" by Oris Caesar. Hetf;)~ : arcr s~milar laments but Caesar i s not constricted liy manifesto style jargon. He expresses the same protests in simplicity through the dialect of his land. And ~ the result is a refreshing strength of honesty in his short poem. -~ '\ .. i One more aspect of New Voices deserves mention. T~a journal records cultural ev~nts, offers a spfak t 'l"' servica and behaves as a bulletin board for the~s ~ in the community. Might other journals also ofttr '" ., --;. these benefits to the11'-et>mmunity? l --'.l ._ i :ir Gonzalez s ossay on the history of c~eatlyo writing in T&T is an informative albeit frustrating ~ ~ndeavour. As an introduction, Self-Discovery ai,=ough Literature tantalizes t~e reader with a ~ .tlqrrY o names. titles and concepts. Rathe?! tttan concentrate on f8iJnous writers sueh as V .s. Naipaul,, he admirably chooses to ~xplorc the ~fforts pf less eminent people. The noel, poetry and draml are rovealed ; to exist in surprising amounts for such a youthful nation. But in tho uneven and disjointed narrative. ~:r. Gon~lez creates an injurious tease to those interested page 2. in the literature of T&T. The sources of the essays wore scripts from radio programs, and thus the probl~ni. Perhaps confined by limits in time and audience appeal, the author catered to listeners but failed to edit the work for his readers. Certainly there is a wealth of information evident in his research and personal knowledge. The fragments of excellence, sprinkled throughoutt are obscured in the miasma of a poorly structured work. I !orcover, there is the lamentable absence of a bibliography of works mentioned in tho text, which would have been useful for future refer ence by the reader. With just a bit more effortt this booklet eould have been a significant contribu tion. Certainly one should be thankful for its publication yet one can also sigh The Love Song of Boxsie B. is a collection of sixty-one poems from the pen of Mr. Gonzalez. Is his verse guided by th~ creed stated in his first poem? Write though the words filtering through your brain in the darkness are meaningless to anyone else Such an introduction. and th~ subsequent group of poems, might vex the reader. However. persistence {a.r:id an abundance of that qu~lity), will reward the re~d~r. since cliches are constant companions to his ~~iginality Poetry, children, nature, and love are the predic~ table frameworks with unpredictable moments of freshness Certainly the frustrationa of creating art such as po e tr y are well documented and one such effort is tedious ~gading until this excerpt: gestation of thoughts and ideas as cool bodies heat each other page ).


J t and the world is forgotten on another flood before the re"t>irth Repeatedly there emerges this pattern: familiar phrases and a sudden injection of creativity. In "Fupil", Mr, Gonzalez wri tes these passages i As I str~tch my hand to help you, to pla~e your life in these hands or is the blind leading the blind? Amidst the cliche s is this visions . eyes, so soul searching, searching to find in you the meaning of my own lifo. Are you the teacher? Is his poetry W~st Indian? Perhaps. Universal scntimonts are strong and the uniqueness of West Indian literature is elusive among the~e verses. Neither the experience ~f blaclmess, nor the conflict of life in the Caribbean, nor Nature under the sun of the Trade Winds are major threads of his poetry. West Indian elements are evident ~ in several poems such as "Th~ Struggl~" and "From Dark into Black~t the grandad ot an Arican king today is fettered -C~M of white ideology Come, identify me, Brother Pull me into the light of the Black dawn into a world where I belong. 'l"'IDUP il. ... .. The conclusion of his work, "The Love Song of Boysie B.", reveals the best of hi's poet's imagina tion. Perhaps the proper description of this work would pe the judgement of each reader c'ertainly . : there is tho portrait of o~e man's odyesey in lif e 1 a testament of dospltt and frustration. Boysio's que~t draws Anson Gonz~lez intQ r~alms ~t literatur e for which one must say t hat he em o rges as a poet of gentle stat\lre. Rather curious is the ~ub'lication entitlQd 11 KAIRI 11 whose format and editor ar e as nebulous as tho title's definition. Fortunately Vt~tor Qijestol is the major contributor with a short stODy and a long book roviow. "On Mourning Grour.-d." is boauti t~lly loan. His sparseness of dialogue and acti vity understates the pathos within this W es t Indian family. Pearl ~nd her husbl!nd confli ct over his ondeavours to satisfy emotions raw from tho d e mands of poverty. "But I ain't complaining, my mother did a,lways say de ~onges t r o p e have an end, and I seeing de end of dis one," laments Pearl her strength so unique to W e st Indian wo ~ en is exquis"it e ,. in a story of such short n e ss that tho reader beckons tho author for gre!;lter :1:-erigth Perhaps M r. Questal will cmlargo such croativi ty i n t o :a novel. Hopefully he will ~hanne l his w ork away from book reviowst Not that l'lis al}alys1s.of Harold Ladoo' s No Pain Like This Bodyis dev6id of morit. But tho contrast between the review ~nd;his fiqtion suggests that his talents are botter employed in th e latter. Structure inAibits his art ~nd _what can such excur sions do for the development _of his work? Nonetheless, Ladoo's boqk must be intriguing if the reviewer accords it.the same statur~ as Orlando Patterson's fiction. Eight poems from various pens complete the pages of KAIRI -wish that I were not such a traditionalist! ANSON GONZALEZ, l SAFHIRE ~RIVE. DIEGO i\ WlTIN. TRINI D CHRISTOPHER LAIRD, 22 FITT STREET.WOODBROOK. P.O.S.T R J p a ge 5


l I ; I STEWIT BROWN New itingin Jamaica. Cl!.p a little, I t M~rvyn I : ~orris Allan r:Iutaba.F'J.ka Dennis Scott . . THE.POND (Now ~eacon Books) 12 pe.perback OUTCRY (Swing Publish~rs), l 11 UNCLE TIME(Uni't. Pittsburg.) 2.50" . Of a sudden the young~r Ja,maican poets are finding publishers for their individual collections. Tony McNiell's book last year, now these three, 1 and Micky Hendriks new Madonna of the Vnkilowri Nation.due in June it's something of i miracle when you consider that only five years ago hardly an~ West Indian poetry was being pub +. ished by reqognised publis,hers, Perhaps th~ quality and success ot the books by Walcott, Brathwaite an4 more ~ec~ntiy Wayne Brown, have shown that there is a: 11 .Car.iBb~an Ct11 ture' 1 and at" ~last . peop le 'are taking_ notic'e tt. s none. too soon bqt : let be grate:f'u~ those book~ .are here now. Both Scott and Morris have been pillars of r the 0 W .. poetry scerfe for many year~ a;nd have ~staqllsh~d considerabl~ reputations abroa~. wheread Mutab~~uka is a newcomer. fhre~ very different p~ets, stylistically and tempe~mentall-y: Menryn ,,,orris's c ontr olle d a-ngcr contr~s~jng ;v1utabaru_1ta s bombastic declamations" ~nd S_c ott 's surr,eal imag ery Allan Mutabaruka s poetry found most of i -t.s audienc.e, before the public-a:tion of this bo~Jtlet, in the 'p9p pa~r S.WING His work is a. mixture of the brash black-militan~ poetry of the us .and the JI\Ore gentle.topical creations of Epgland's 'pop poets., His audience ~re mostl~ young non-ac'a.demics who identi fy with and understand the c~te.nt of his poems. .'without caring about their style or any of the other ~roten tions: o'r colonip.l English Lit . rrhis is understandable an~ in-many ways is a healthy thing. If young peo~le are reading Muta's poetry now tln>Fe is a fair chance that they will develop an interest in poetry generally and perhaps become reader s of the other tw-0 books in this review, and even this magazine! Mutabaruka'writes in the ordinary language of the slick-Jamaican yout it is direct and explicit, His concerns are very broad and rather general and his voice is loud. He shows youth's refusal to compro mise its id e al~, and is very awaro o f the problems facing his country, of his blaclmess and his history. we quote onG poem in full, "Look Again." (Two other poems from this booklet appeared in NOW 1.) "Look Again" Brought from the west coast of Africa Brought to the kingdom called Jamaica they baptized us, called us negro I suppose the people from China are amarillo ~ : Put us in chains all the day makin us work little food, no pay WG continued like this along long time pushed around and treated like swine S ometimes we were lashed in the streets left us there ~oo dead meat figuring how to get away we ran to t~e hills and there did stay sometimes we came down to fight they could not stand it they had a right Freeman was n0ar so we thought until some of our brainwashed b~vt~ 0 rs got caught they led men against us that is why we always fuss. Black people in the west put your brains to the test get together and start again oneness black people is the aim Freeman this time is near at hand unite black people all make one look to the east just once this time Africa once more for peace of mind. Both Uncle Time and The Pond are books that demand careful and repeated reading These two are not 'easy' poets; very different in style and tone, they share a common compassion and concern for honesty. Both have studied and lived abroad Scott was recently p p, c:: r'7


l t f !: ,, 11 ( on a Flaywriting Fellowship in Georgia. USA, while Eorris was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and more recently spent a year teaching at the University of Kent. Both seem to have been influenced stylistically by the poetry of the countries in which they lived, Norris more than Scott perhaps. nervyn Morris s verse is quiet, spare, playing a lot on subtlety and understatement he echoes the Eovement poets in some ways. His forms are conven tional and he 1sntafraid to use rhyme if it fits his purpose. F-~ is essentially a craftsman. He is, howeve~, very much a West Indian poet in his concerns and attitudes. The problems of race, the subtler struggles for individual freedom, the hypocrisies and frustrations of his people are all topics that find a place in his poetry. Quietly stated these poems are po~erful in theirimpact. We note his understanding of the frustrations of people who find themselves in situations they cannot control in several poe~s, not~bly 'Case History Jamaica' In 19-something X was born In Jubilee Hospital, howling, black. and later Up at the university he didn't find himself, and, months before he finally dropped out, would ramble round the campus late at night and daub his blackness on the walls. In the now famous poem "To an Expatriate Friend" we see his awareness of a different aspect of ttra colour problem, / Colour meant nothing. Anyone who wanted help, had humour or was kin4 wa~ brother to you; catogories of skin were foreign; you were colour-blind. page 8. i f; And then the revolution Black and loud the horns of anger blew and later The futuro darkening, you thought it time to say goodbyo. It may be you were right. It hurt to sec you go; but, more, it hurt to see you slowly going whit~. In these poems he reminds me to Tony ~cNiell, though his voice is softer, except perhaps in one poem 11 1 Am The lVIan", which is an angry statement for the Kingston sufferer the people of the dungles and shanty towns I am the man that build his house on shit I am the man that watch you bulldoze it. I am t~e man of no-fixed address Follow me now. and later I am the man that files the knife I am that n;1ake :: the bomb I am the man that grab the gun study me now. The more personal poems in THE POND are perhaps the most difficult to understand. The sparso language almost leads into silence, sometimes there seems to be too much between the lines. Most of tho poems come clear, however, if you take time and read,' There is a lyric quality to many of these poems and we are aware always of a sharp intelligence and an ,qually sharp eye. He is not easy on himself either as man or poet, and the fruits of his struggles are some fine poems that have relevance for many of us page 9.


r I h I But you may not observe (it is a private sanctuary) the steady glowing power that makes a man feel loved, feel needod, ~11 of times yet frees him, king of emotions, jocky of her flesh, to cporish his own cornor of the cage {from FAMILY PICTURES) her I I Dennis Scott, (as Morvyn Morris points out in his excellent introduction to UNCLE TIIviE) is a man of many faces, actor, director, teacher, dancer and critic, to mention a few, as well as being as accomplished poet. This diversity of interest and talent is an important facet of his poetry and has to be kept in mind when reading this book What strikes me most about Scott's poetry is the element of ~he surreal, something entirely unique in Caribbean writing as far as I know. His concerns are wido but one dominant theme is creativity, the spark behind the action, the difference between gesture and reality. He is a perfectionist who has trouble reconciling his various roles, is very aware of the difference between poet-performer and mere man. As with other surrealists the borders between the artificial and the real uncertain, he works on the edge of droam. His concern with creativity is perhaps mqst evi dent in "Bird of Passage" ( s'ee page 41 in this issue), a poem which echoes Andri Voznesensky's "I Am Goya" both in style and concerns in fact, echoes of that amazing Russian poet keP,t drifting into mind as I read this book. and that, I think. is high praise y"' We see various portraits of the artist as and many one feels are self portraits of one of the various Scotts. A pale boy soft as young thorns and in his hands a mirr o r {"Portr a it of the Artist r ~ d : :a t i ci 3 P" ) ..... '' and in Majesty" where we find a man occupied by a mus e figure, .. The golden brute walks into my blood like an aristocrat. the fool whimpers He scratches the mask, / That most mysterious of animals, the cat, is the tool of the most blatantly surreal poem in this collection, "Because of the Cats." A tine poem, that again shows us Scott occupied? Because of the cats, no dreams because I know how the moon strikes fire on their flint eyes how their rank smells excite them because I rem.ember challenge an~ the low crawl and coil and creep of thin ~inew. If Morris occasionally has a tendency to use too few words, Scott equally occasionally uses too many. A few are ornamental, perhaps an unconscious influence of ,Ame:r:ican poetry. . As a lover Scott is existential. There are several harsh love poems in th~s set that again display his ~urrealist bent and fine imagery. In "The Compleat Anglers" he says I The starfish of our hearts become dry and sharp when we take off our bodies, sometimes going into the sea. ,. and in "TheSeparation" we find his voice in ang\l.ish . hanging my cries like animals among. the metal trees, ~heir bark rusts at her name. ,, p::. -:c 11.


until. in "The Reunion" he assesses his new situation moving from the p~in of bright remembrance to the tender, blind treacheries of being together again. Another aspect of Scott's poetry is his concern with Jamaican history in poems like "Uncle Time" and "Pages from a Journal 1834". Here his anger is most in evidence, is closest to the surf ace, In "Epitaph" he smoulders What can we recall of a dead slave or two except that when we punctuate our island tale theyaring like sighs across the brutal sentences and angry pauses until they pass away. We are constantly made aware of Scott the actor director as poet, his characters all speak through the voice of this composite artist and several ooems delve into the soul of this Scott multi-creature, de are back again to his concern with the source of creativity, The composite Scott tends to jud~e events and situations in relation to himselves(!J. For example, we note his affinity with and awareness of the problems of the sufferers' through hts own struggles with his souls.,, No sufferer, but in the sweating gutter of bone Zion seems far also. I have my version the blood's drum is insistent, comforting. Keeps me alive, Like you. And there are kinds of poverty we share, when the self eats up love and the heart smokes p a ge 12 like the fires behind your fences, when my w it ratchets, roaming the hungry streets l of this small flesh, my city. L- \..~)..._R 1 A picture emerges of a i ulti-talented individual t'or whom poetry is a very personal means of setting thin~s straight, but one who realizes that the finished, published poem must be more than just a confessional if it is to be of value as 'art,' These finely worked poems are Icons. 'Clap a little. ~----~~~~~---~~----------...-.~~~-~~-ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Philip Sherlock's poem M iddle Passage' appeared in SAVACOU 7/8. Anson Gonzalez's article (You Think it Easy ) was first broadcast ver Trinidad Radio. Patti Hinds poem 'The ii'4 oment appeared in the CARI.FESTA MAGAZINE FOR POETRY FRO l,! GRENADA and won the National Poetry Award in 1973. M iles Buxton's story 'Son of M an appeared in STILLBOR N ?. Dennis Scott's poems 'Solution' and 'Bird of Passage' appear in UNCLE TI M E. A version of Stewart Brown's poem 'Cricket appeared in the Sunday Gleaner. ~---------~-----~-------------~-~ STOP PRESS Arrived from no-where today, WAR UPON I BLACK SKIN OYE!! by Norma Hamilton. No price or address bu t I would think that you could find a copy at the Rastafari it ovement Association. M imeoed, it is worth digging out as several of the poems are very fine. especially Who Troubled Treva? and To the West Indian Critic whic~ runs, Tight-assed/,you sit/in judgement/over I works/letting your quirks/run free/disguised/as impar tiality/Critic/my fate/rests/with your hate/of anythi n ,. new/black/free. A refinement (sic) of Scott's "new rhetoric," Di g ,;. : m e; e J.3


YOR L ICK Afil[ ~ 1a!'l i ng Across the seas ~rom England -Geor g e Cairncr o ss Tony Curtis I 1 Iirk o Lauer The Pineapple in the Fruit Machine. Fiasco Publ. Free. Home Movies. Platform/Green Hor.~e Puhl. (transs David Tipton) C 0J11.mon Grave : ; _, : The Hydra of Birds A lexandros Baros Andr G as E m birico Nik o s Eg o nopoulos ( tra :: 1s: Yannis Goumas) " Anyone (there must be someone) who regularly reads the reviews in NOW will know that I am something of a :fan o f George Cairncross, the man. In a world concerned primarily with making mnney, developing its own ego and applauding what it is told is good without ques t ion he is an admirable exception. One need not share his philosophy of anti-art (or at least anti t he~ ret e ntiousness of much art) to enjoy the quiet l1wn on r of his poetry, Having met you the North Sea has turned into a large expanse of Chanel No. 5, Having met you Christmas comes more than once a year Hav i ng met you the first cuckoo in Spring can be heard in November. ( "Having Met You") n 'l" A 1 4. l These are light, easy poems, without any claims to 'depth' but they are fun tp read, which is enough for Georget His poems echo the sentiments and styles of Brian Patton and Adrian Henry, two of Britain' ~ leading 'pop' poets, but George adds his own brand of Yorkshire madness. He is the joker in the six pack When will the angels sing I ask myself walking street signs of the unknown city. Market traders sing vegetables. You are the pineapple in the fruit machine. PLATFORM is a neat, eclectic poetry magazine edited by Andrew Cousins, which in its short life of six issues has grown from a small scruffy mimeo to become a bright attractive looking lithoed magazine publishing a wide selection of poets. (The current issue, no. 6, is worth buying just for A.L. Hendriks' excellent poem' dedicated to Alexander Solzhenitsyn "To Iviake ornaments, Garlands, and Flails.") The editors have branched out now into the field of book lets, producing these three small paper covered editions hand printed by Duncan Tweedale's Green Horse Press. Actually ~he hand printed tag is something of a dubious asset, the print being rather uneven. That aside, however, the booklets are good value at 10 pence each plus postage. Tony Curtis's set is as tight and controlled as usual, but all in all I've seen much better work from his pen. These poems were all written during, or about, a time spent in the USA in The most successful poem in the set for me is "Inside Liberty's Head" which begins -Inside Liberty's head we sweat.


Suoh a cramping on the tight metal platform, canned in the statue whilst beneath, the distant percussion of the spiral steps David Tiptons translation of the Peruvian poet Mirko Lauer make interesting reading, worth the effort if you are concerned as to what is being written not so far across the water in South America r quote one poem in fulls WAR HERO They're one, machine and horse. The mystery is only one. The same with tanks & noble brutes. I say misery the same for kings & soldiers fighting with uta* blisters on the big knee of their skins In the picture the pain is only one, only the blood that pretends to overflow the trame, the single scream & there's victory, only the dead & warriors on the point of dying, They're no leaders, No heroes. Only the living and the dead on the summit of the hill like blackbirds stained with colour & the ice of winter saddens them, because it puts the rivers to sleep, ,attracts them and converts them into a large elumsy map over which the troops slide. *A skin disease that causes blisters on the face, and was contracted by the conquistadors when they first crossed the Sierra's in the sixteenth century. page 16. j -; Oh platoon, we do well to devour our captains, & finally, for the very curious, ~he mystery of this painting: for a just and rational distribution of history among us warriors, ' The Hydra of :Birds is again an interesting set of : translations, this time from the Greek by Yannis Goumas. Some fine surreal touches nere one gets a hint of the atmosphere of that dry country. The work of Alexandros Baros, the youngest of the three poets included in the set, appeals to me the most; this is a section from a long poem "Insomnia": A stairway. A large, reverb~rating wooden stairway in the dense nether-darkness of Erebus., And I climb it, holding a small light in one ha~d. The light is like an insect's eye, : : the yellow eye of a poisonous insect. (What an absurd and weak phosphorescence! Dar,kness is so thirsty that such a droplet of li~ht for its burning negroid lips seems a mockery!) .. ~ -, .,. Al together a wor thwhiie series of booklet es .. that deserve support-. ~--~----~-~-~---~~~~~---~---~--~F-iasco Publica:tion.' it. BelleVue Street, Filey, East . Yorks. U .K. ,. Plat:form/G~en Horse Pubiication, 'Avalon', London Rd, St ockb~idge, Hants. UK. L ... ; .. . .4 :, ~ pag e 17.


t I NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS TO NOW 4/5. Spring 1974. Maria Arrillaga is from Puerto Rico; she teaches Spanish at the University of Puerto Rico and has Won several prizes for her poetry. She is still looking for a publisher for a book of her work Stewart Brown 1ives in Jamaica, editor of NOW, his poems have been quite widely published in the UK and the Caribbean. A booklet of his poetry is planned for soon from the Workshop Press p romises to be a sellout. Pf.tti Htnds is from Grenada. S ho describes herself as 'ta non-violent revolutionary. v k :i_fare worker. Writer. She won the National Award for IJ; _ays in 1972 and the same awf\,rd for po~try in 19730 She i 8 a i?Oli tical writer for va,:-ious orga 1isationn in G:::e nada .. Some of her work is d ,. in C"'""'J~ ean Q ,1 ,, .,_ .,, .,..1~:r ""l later in tho year in the Outposts series. He also has pretensions to being a painter! "" ~. w ~ ~ -~ ~..,...::.{;.-!:~I .... ,:. -:1 o Lo 1.s Lan_gqnf, ld J.1.v e r.; in J a.n: a .1c c . W1 -c;h her related arts ba -kground'sl ~' ehas been teac!:i nf.; s : me imaginative social stdies to _se.~ond grade ahilcirer: and is working on a cur ri : mlum devel'.)pmen,~ project in that field with the I"iinisDerrick Buttress is English. Young doom prophet from Nottingham he is currently studying English in Birmingham. His work has been very widely published in the UK and a poem of his was recently broadcast by the BBC tr.r of Eduoat :.;., on. I Ed H ard Lucie Smith grew up in t:te West Indies but has , es~;ablishe.d himself as a l~adinc; poet and art/poetry critic ,. in the UK. Hi ~ poetry publications include 'A Tropical Miles Buxton is a native of Edge City who is currently weaving a web of confusion and hysteria in the School of Education at Nottingham University. Athlete, misanthrope and cryptic social commentato r his stories and articles have bee n published in various magazines. Gloria Escofferf is a Jamaican of whom Andrew Salkey said in a recon letter, "I think the world of that sister. She's been a vanguard figure in our thing at home for years~ Well lmown both as poetess and painter, her poems have been widely published in the Caribbean and anthologised abroad. Rudyard Fearori is Jamaican. He works for the Jamaica Library Service and is a past student of Grantham College. H~ has been writing poetry since 1972 and this is his first publication. Anson Gon$alez is Trinidadian, journalist. poet., broad caster, playya-~ght and editor of 'The New Voices. His poetry publi c ations include "SCORE~' The Love Song of Boysie""B.' and a solection of his poetry is included in the anthology ~Caribbean Rhythms' recently published by Pocket Books, USA. . ; .. David H.W. Grubb is English. Schoolteacher and poet living in Wiltshire-, his last book 'And Suddenl-y .This. (Drift~ wood publications, Bo.otlo, Lancashire) i"s,, I, believe, still avai1ab~e. Jm Burns said of it in a review in AMBITsit i s the kind of book that one wants to quote fr om endlessly. A.L. Hendriks 1s from Jamaica but lives in the UK. A Ji 'highly successi'u1 poet, his work is regularly published in all the leading UK and Caribbean journals. His new book due J pa se 18. Childhood, l' -Co11fessions and Hi.stories and 'Tow~ ds Sil~nce ~ (all OUP) and he has ~ dited several anthologies including the much respected ~~itish Poetry Since 1945' (Penguin) : His poem in this issue is the title r poem qf a new col, lectio11 due later this year, 'The Well Wishers . Anthon# ~ I4cNiiil is Jamaican. currently t~achin~ J ~~ : ~ty ctv A ng at : the University of Massachusetts. He is a w1dely. i pub~ . lisned poet and flis first boQk reel ,.. from THE LIFE lviOVlE' i is already .'; soething of a cla~sio. His work is also .: wel+ represente~ .1. in various anthologies. -~-:Mervyn c rt,;orris is Jamaican. He was a Rhodes Schol~ ~ t Oxford, pf~ed tennis for Jama.ioa and currently ~ teaches ; English at the UWI, Mona. His poetry has be~n puq;Lished in ~\JC!\ -jornals as ~IS, Lo ndon _i ilagazine outposts : and J ... ~ all the leadi,ng w.r. Magazines,. His new book, THE POND. ;~ ha~ receiv~d almost unanimous cr i tical approval. .; .-., ;~ Clemente Pacttn ia Uruguayan! A much respecte~ '!1: ~ -!-~:t. {: ~ n ~ : concrete po.e~. The latest ~~SUtil of. OVUM is givan ~_ ov;e x;. .. entJ~ely to hi!! wo ;:_ k ~ ~ .. e ~ l~ tjon of th~ contrtnu~ ; on of one se't ~ 01 his concrete poems ( OVUM, c~sill-a DeCorreo ,. 24,S4 .1a0ruz 1 4e oorrasco, Itontijv f d~o Ui aguay.) : : Victor Questal is Tr.inidadian. :He won the petry section of the National Cultural Counci1 : o :t Trinidads Literary contest in l with his poem -Wordsand Gestures J Hts publications include "SCORE" (with .Anson Gonzalez) and : his work also appears in the anthology caribliean Rhy:thms.~ page 19 .


Stanley Reid is from st. Lucia, currently studying at U J I, i:ona. Former editor of the little magazine LINK, his work has been quite widely published in the maga zines of the region, including Caribbean Quarterly and thu Jamaica Daily News. Dennis Scott is Jamaican. Recently returned from a stay in the USA, he was awarded the International Poetry Forum Award 1973 and part of the award was the publication of his first major collection of poems uncle Time.' Of the poems in NOW 4/5, he says "all fairly new (though 2 are in 'Uncle Time') on a stubbornly recurring 'bird' image.' Read them againl Sir Philip Sherlock is from Jamaica. Historian, schola~, p~et, knight, he is a former vice-chancellor of the UWI and. is currently Secretary General of the Associati:cm of Caribbean Universities and Research Institu~es in ~ingston, His work will be well known to anyone at all interest ~ d in Cnribbean writing. ,. liarold Telemague is Trinidadian. Highly respected poe~ : . . he has been an important vqice in Caribbean 'f?I'i ting tor .. m a ny years. His work appears in several anthologies and has been much published in the magazine of the region. Gilbert Tucker is from Jamaica. born in Kingston in '38, h o trav elled first to the Bahamas and then to the US where he lielP.ed launch a literary magazine i-n the Coconut Grove area o t fi!iami. He returned to Jamica in '72 and now edits th e : m~gazine Rasta Voice. : Duncan ~weedale must have some Scots in him!? Presently living in Wincliester, England, .. he was editor of the magazine 'Black Egg's' ( n ow defunct) and runs Green ~ li ors.e bl "'+ 'Pu ica .,,1 ons. . .. ,'. ; ~~ .. Peter VTrgadamo lives in Jamaica, hi~torian : and tea ~ 11~~ . ~e is working on a social studies ~ textbook fer. junio~ dary school children. Though not a poet himself .h~ : is widely read and is a highly informed critic. '. -.:' .. _ ; .. : : .. i:: #' ; : .. page 20. STOP PRESS JAMAICA by Andrew Salkey. Hutchins o n. $3-37 In this l c ng 100-page, p o em Andrew Sal key treats hiS readers t o a fine displa y o f rhythmic and linguis tic gymnastics. His style and purp o se inevitably invite comparis o n with Edward Brathwaite, but perhaps if, as the cover blurb says. 'JA.t ; iAlCA has been 20 years in the writing, it is B rathwaite wh o should be measured against salkey. The p o em leads us thr o ugh the hist o ry of Jamaica, fr o m the experience o f slavery along the slow and painful track to the present. JK! ~ iAICA is often moving, always serious, but is never lacking in humour or joy. The most effective parts, for me, are the opening 1 into hi-storY, now, the concluding Is the lan' I want, and section 2 Slavery to Liberation, with its poems dealing with the occasion of verious revolts. In Because of 1796 he deals with the maroon rebellion and brings the enormity, necessity and 8ymbolism bf the act into focus in our lives now, as we betray an angry heritage to the hypocrisies of economic expediency. There are so many, so very many remains of our great ancestory lying next to the soles of our feet as we mine bauxite or take a tourists arm or walk aimlessly over the sites of the old plantations that the generations are easily able to make the necessary connection, if they're inclined A superb and truely w est Indian book in style, ~h.eme and tone. Again Andrew Salkey shows us that he has something to write home about, something importa n t. SB \