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Over the last few decades Caribbean writers - performance poets, newspaper poets, singer-songwriters - have created a genuinely popular art form, a poetry heard by audiences all over the world. At the same time, even at its most literary, Caribbean poetry shares the vigour of the oral tradition. Writers like Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott, and many other exciting new voices, are exploring ways of capturing the vitality of the spoken word on the page. Both of these traditions are represented in this lively anthology, which traces Caribbean verse from its roots to the present.
Paula Burnett was born in 1942 in Chelmsford, and was educated at Oxford University. She is the author of Derek Walcott: Politics and Poetics, among many other publications. Her most recent book presents her international research project to promote minority literatures, produced in collaboration with universities in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain. She teaches postcolonial literature and creative writing at Brunel University, London.