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Ian McDonald Selected Poems 
Ian McDonald
Ian McDonald Selected Poems 
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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. 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.

Introduction by Edward Baugh
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
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
Pelting Bees
Yusman Ali, Charcoal Seller
Poem on a Black Stone
On an Evening Turned to Rain
State of the Nation
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
The Dwarf Dogs of Montserrat
White Grip
Stone Fish
Ward Weather
A Row About the Moon
Sweet Pepper Sunday
The Lament of “Big Bull” Cousins
A Leopard in the Sky
Thorn Bush
God’s Work
The Cancer
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
“Hangman” Cory
Perfect Roses
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
Bread and Fish Hooks
Seen Through Closed Eyes
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
Strange Plot
What It Was Like Once Forever
The Macmillan Caribbean Writers Series
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