So Much Things to Say: 100 Poets from the First Ten Years of the Calabash International Literary Festival
Kwame Dawes, Colin Channer
Akashic Books, Jul 1, 2010 - Poetry - 275 pages
Contributors include: Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Martin Espada, Terrance Hayes, Valzyna Mort, Sonia Sanchez, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Patricia Smith, Saul Williams, Staceyann Chin, and 88 others.
Imagine a night of a hundred poets reading their work to an audience of intensely engaged, responsive, and lively people. Imagine the reading taking place under a tent pitched on a grassy lawn that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Imagine the sun setting, imagine the scent of curried goat and fried fish wafting through the air, imagine the heat, imagine the cool tongue of wind off the sea, imagine a stage like an ancient shrine with a podium artfully pieced together with bamboo, strips of still green wood, leaves, twine, and shells. Imagine one hundred poets, some whose names you know and some you have never heard of, stepping onto the stage, opening their mouths and hearts, and singing out poems of such variety, complexity, beauty, and passion.
This is what a poetry reading at the Calabash International Literary Festival is like, and this new anthology provides readers a taste of what this festival offers year after year.
Edited by Kwame Dawes and Colin Channer, two of the founders of the festival, this is an exciting example of Calabash's commitment to create a festival that is diverse, inspirational, earthy, and daring each May. This anthology is at once a celebration of ten years of a remarkable literary event as it is a gesture of love to seek ways to continue to fund and support this festival for the future. All profits from this publication will go toward the running of the festival, which remains free and open to the public.
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"So much things to say" is a masterpiece showcasing the best of the first 10 years of the Calabash Literary Festival held annually in Jamaica. This epic selection is arranged in order of the length of the poems: small, medium, large and extra large. In each section the poets' work appear in alphabetical order. Some of the best contemporary poets, who have performed at the festival, appear in this anthology alongside 'Jew's voices mainl selcected from the Calabash International Workshop. In any case, by this very nature, circumstances dictate that this is an A grade work from start to finish. Every poet and poem, one per poet, merit their space among this Pantheon of poetry collections.