The University of the West Indies Press
This Thing That Is Not A Thing
Paulette A. Ramsay
This Thing That Is Not A Thing
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This Thing That Is Not a Thing says a lot with little. Economy of words in fine, colourful form, these poems by Paulette A. Ramsay prompt the reader to question human perception – ways of seeing the world and ways people view each other. Weaving the everyday with the extraordinary, heaviness of heart with humour, grief and gratitude, This Thing That Is Not a Thing centres absence – absence of voice, of persons, of trust and affection – showing how silence, in particular, shapes experience and expression.

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This Thing That Is Not a Thing
I Know I’m Not Supposed to Tell You
When Women Don’t Speak
I Do Not Want to Do It
If You Could
Putting Brakes on Me
You Disturbed My Dreams
Guilty Love
The Library
The Mother of an Addict Speaks
Human Rights
Jamaican Ugly Man Syndrome
Marcus Garvey in Cuba
If Nicolás Guillén Came to Cuba Today
You Are Not a Bright Socialist
Memories of My Girlhood
Your Plan
when ooman badminded
Tek Back Yuh Ole Bruk
Questions for a Departed Loved One
My Uncle Said Goodbye Today
Things Black and Beautiful
Prayer for Our World
Daily Prayer
The Love of God
Requiem for a Victor
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