Calabash International Literary Festival
Posted May 27, 2007on:
I wasn’t in the mood to post anything here today but Nicholas Laughlin’s impressive coverage of the Calabash International Literary Festival at Treasure Beach in the Jamaican parish of St. Elizabeth impelled me to blog.
In rapid succession we had an anti-war dub, a tribute to a stepmother, a poem (read by a girl who couldn’t have been older than ten) about a cat, various poems about freedom and racism and identity, and an odd little story about two boys butterfly-hunting. I was particularly struck by the gentleman from St. Mary who managed, in a poem on an environmentalist theme, to rhyme “untreated faeces” with “diseases”, and then “crop rotation” with “feed the nation”. Another poet incorporated what sounded to my ear like a few lines from Tennyson: “an infant crying in the night, / an infant crying for the light, / and with no language but a cry.”