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Elemental: New and Selected Poems

John Robert Lee brings a quiet, reflective, often autobiographical approach to his concerns with Caribbean life, art and faith.

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Author(s)
John Robert Lee
ISBN
9781845230623
Pages
120
Price
£8.99
Classification
Poetry
Setting
St Lucia
Date published
28 Jul 2008

Within carefully crafted formal structures – and some experimentation with traditional forms – he finds the space to give his voice and persona free rein. Whilst rooted in St. Lucia and Caribbean culture, he takes the whole world as his arena – as much at home writing about Boston as Castries.

Undoubtedly the foremost Caribbean Christian writer of his generation, his is a truly incarnational view of faith, anchored in the reality of human experience and expressed in richly textured images of Caribbean landscapes, dress, street life, music, dance and his native Creole language. 

As Derek Walcott observes: “Robert Lee has been a scrupulous poet, that’s the biggest virtue that he has, and it’s not a common virtue in poets, to be scrupulous and modest in the best sense, not to over-extend the range of the truth of his emotions, not to go for the grandiose. He is a Christian poet obviously. You don’t get in the poetry anything that is, in a sense, preachy or self-advertising in terms of its morality. He is a fine poet.”

John Robert Lee is one of the group of significant Saint Lucian writers who are the younger contemporaries of Nobel laureate Derek Walcott.

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John Robert Lee

John Robert Lee is one of the group of significant Saint Lucian writers who are the younger contemporaries of the late Nobel Laureate, Derek Walcott. His latest book is Collected Poems 1975-2015, and his first collection was elemental, (2008). His reviews and columns appear widely, and he produced and presented radio and television programmes in Saint Lucia for many years.

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