Ian McDonald Selected Poems 

Ian McDonald Selected Poems 

By Ian McDonald
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Book Description

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. About the author: born in St. Augustine, Trinidad, in 1933, Ian McDonald was educated at Queens Royal College, Port-of-Spain, and Cambridge University. Since 1955 he has lived in Guyana and worked in the sugar industry, recently retiring as CEO of the Sugar Association of the Caribbean. A tennis champion, he captained Cambridge and subsequently Guyana and the West Indies in the Davis Cup and played at Wimbledon. In 1984 he became editor of Kyk-Over-Al. He has edited, jointly with Jacqueline de Weever, The Collected Poems of A. J. Seymour and, jointly with Stewart Brown, Poems by Martin Carter. He was awarded the Guyana Prize for Literature in 1992 and 2004 and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of the West Indies in 1997. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1970. He has published short stories, four poetry collections, and his play The Tramping Man is often staged. His award-winning novel The Humming-Bird Tree was first published in 1969; in 1992 it was made into a BBC film. Edward Baugh is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of the West Indies, Mona. He has published books and numerous critical articles on West Indian literature, and in 2007 edited The Selected Poems of Derek Walcott. His poetry collections are A Tale From the Rainforest (1988) and It Was The Singing (2000).Please note that this is an eBook version of this title and can NOT be printed. For more information about eBooks, including how to download the software you’ll need, see our FAQs page.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Introduction by Edward Baugh
  • Dedication
  • 1950s and 1960s
    • Temple Bullock
    • Rumshop Girl
    • Bright Cockerel
    • Mais of Jamaica
    • Decorated for a Kiss
    • Young Harpooner
    • Lonely Near Educated Water
    • The Legend of Mangamuch and La Cour Harpe
    • Greeneyes
    • Walking on Lily Leaves
    • Jaffo the Calypsonian
    • Pineapple Woman
    • Mystic at the Nightclub Miramar
    • The Stick-Fighters
    • The Four Knives of Freeman, the Cane-Cutter
    • Indian Love Statement
    • The Seine-Pullers
    • Statement to God
    • Georgetown Children
    • Hispaniola
    • Railwaymen
    • Pelting Bees
    • Yusman Ali, Charcoal Seller
    • Poem on a Black Stone
    • On an Evening Turned to Rain
    • State of the Nation
    • Drunk
    • The Weather in Shanty Town
  • Early to Mid-1980s
    • Nurse Guyadeen and the Preacher
    • Axed Man
    • The Last Classroom of Hubertus Jones
    • Not Here
    • Royal Visit
    • Discharged
    • Candle-Light
    • Monster
    • The Dwarf Dogs of Montserrat
    • White Grip
    • Stone Fish
    • Amerindian
    • Ward Weather
    • A Row About the Moon
    • Caged
    • Sweet Pepper Sunday
    • The Lament of “Big Bull” Cousins
    • A Leopard in the Sky
    • Thorn Bush
    • God’s Work
    • Calypso
    • The Cancer
    • Bird-Song
    • Love Affair
    • The Place They Have To Go
    • Blue Potaro Hills
    • Praise Song for Mary
    • My Father’s Prayer Book, Page 44
    • Gifts for a Farewell
    • Any Poem
  • Late 1980s and After
    • A White Man Considers the Situation
    • River Grave
    • Life and Death Tree
    • Dream Island
    • Scholar
    • “Hangman” Cory
    • Perfect Roses
    • Nightscape
    • Explorer
    • Snail Painting
    • Deep Pool
    • Forest Path, Nightfall
    • The Sun Parrots Are Late This Year
    • The River-Crossing Moths
    • Shadows Will Hide the Sun
    • White Cathedrals
    • My Son Selects a Stone
    • Betrothal
    • Bread and Fish Hooks
    • Beaucaillou
    • Seen Through Closed Eyes
    • Rain
    • Archive
    • MacArthur’s Life
    • Sing-Song’s Place
    • Canticle of the Main Street Madman
    • Mr Perfection
    • Spinster Ganteaume and the Birth of Poetry
    • Tree of Dreams
    • Massa Day Done
    • Meeting Once a Year at Britnell’s
    • The Pear-Wood Cup
    • Between Silence and Silence There Should Be Only Praise
    • Birdsong
    • Silence
    • Strange Plot
    • What It Was Like Once Forever
  • The Macmillan Caribbean Writers Series
  • Back Cover
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