Ian Mcdonald: Selected Poems

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Macmillan Caribbean, 2008 - Poetry - 121 pages
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Ian McDonald is South America's equivalent of Robert Frost; a poet writing in a young country who, with an open heart and in clean, honest language, has set down its characters and events, its landscape, traditions and myths, for future generations to discover. Readers far beyond the Caribbean will come to admire his deft use of dialect; his nature poetry, steeped in the mysteries of the Guyanese interior; his sobering awareness of mortality. This selection by Edward Baugh, published for the poet's seventy-fifth birthday, sets the poems from McDonald's four collections in chronological order for the first time. As Baugh writes in his introduction, Ian McDonald's verse is 'irradiated by his celebration of life, his gratitude for happy days and for earth's bounty of joy'.

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A collection of poems by the Trinidadian/Guyanese writer. It provides an overview of his work since the 1950s. The poems from the "Mercy Ward" sequence will bring you to tears. Some of the poems of his youth will bring a smile to your face. This is a delight. Read full review

Contents

Temple Bullock
1
The Legend of Mangamuch and La Cour Harpe
7
Mystic at the Nightclub Miramar
14
Statement to God
20
Yusman Ali Charcoal Seller
24
Drunk
30
Axed Man
38
Monster
44
Calypso
59
Blue Potaro Hills
65
Late 1980s and After
71
Hangman Cory
77
Explorer
83
Forest Path Nightfall
89
My Son Selects a Stone
95
Spinster Ganteaume and the Birth of Poetry
108

A Row About the Moon
50
A Leopard in the Sky
56
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