Beyond Sangre Grande


Caribbean literature has always been exciting and diverse, including over the past decades some of the world’s most highly regarded writers. This new anthology, Beyond Sangre Grande, brings together a contemporary selection in English from some of the key writers now living in Canada, the US, and the UK, as well as various countries of the Caribbean. Reflecting a changing world, and admitting diverse cultural influences and generational differences, these writers maintain a distinct Caribbean-ness in their acute historical awareness and in the cadences and rhythms of their language. This collection represents a range of voices, from the established and celebrated–Derek Walcott, Sam Selvon, Austin Clarke, Olive Senior–to the newer and no less exciting–Ramabai Espinet, Nalo Hopkinson, Anson Gonzalez–that demonstrates the richness of Caribbean literature in new and exciting ways.

“The choices made by Dabydeen in this anthology are excellent ones. Willi Chen’s story, ‘The Stickfighter’ creates arresting images of the fighters’ movements which make them appear almost mythical. Merle Collins’s poem, ‘Quality Time’, evokes the Caribbean lanscape through the reference it makes to fruits and trees. The image of the father as the cricketer while he battles with illness is haunting as Collins conveys a picture of longevity and endurance. Finally, Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming’s poem, ‘Memories in Puja Incense’ relies on memory and recreates the Trinidadian landscape with imagery that leaves lasting impressions of vibrant colour and various scents in the mind of the reader.”
–Jany P W Joseph, Wasafiri Literary Magazine


Publication Date: September 2011

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-66-8
Page size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
240 pages

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Cyril Dabydeen previously edited A Shapely Fire: Changing the Literary Landscape (Mosaic Press) and Another Way to Dance: Contemporary Asian Poetry in Canada and the United States (TSAR Publications). His work has appeared in the Oxford, Penguin and Heinemann Books of Caribbean Verse, and in over 60 literary magazines world-wide. A former Poet Laureate of Ottawa, his last novel Drums of My Flesh won the Guyana Prize for Best Book of Fiction and was nominated for the prestigious IMPAC/Dublin Literary Prize. He is the recipient of the 2010 Guyana Lifetime Achievement Award. He teaches at the University of Ottawa.

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