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Shara McCallum: 'Metaphors of the Spirit' in Poetry London, August 2017

Shara McCallum has penned the essay 'Metaphors of the Spirit' in Poetry London, August 2017, in which she analyses Mervyn Morris' Peelin Orange: Collected Poems (Carcanet) and Lorna Goodison's Collected Poems (Carcanet).

Re-reading all of a writer’s body of work, written across the span of his or her lifetime and gathered into one volume, is a bit of a daunting task but also a thrilling one; and, with both of these books, it felt like a privilege. What was clarified in looking at Morris and Goodison’s poetry on a larger canvas is the sheer magnitude of their contributions to the canon of global poetry in English. The appearance of even one of their collected works in any given year would be a gift but to have both appear in the same year, and the year in which Morris has just finished his term as the first Poet Laureate of Jamaica and Goodison assumes that post, feels especially fortuitous, a kind of benediction and good omen – Give thanks.

You can read the essay in full online.

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