Archives 2016: Poets Featured in Poetry Corner
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BEING
ALWAYS
BY
MARTIN CARTER
(1927-1997)

GUYANESE POET
OF RESISTANCE
& STRUGGLE

Being, always to
arrange / myself in
the world, and the
world / in myself, I
try to do both. How
/ both are done is
difficult. Why, / I
have to ask, do I
have to / arrange
every / thing is
already arranged /
by love's and
death's inscrutable
/ laws, mortal
judiciary, time's /
doll house of
replaceable heads,
/ arms and legs? In
another / house,
not time's, time
itself arranges /
mine and the
world's replacement.

[1979]


From POEMS BY
MARTIN CARTER
,
Edited by Stewart
Brown & Ian
McDonald, 2006
DEC 2016: PETE SEEGER & LEE HAYS - American folk singers, songwriters, and
    social activists. Seeger (1919-2014) was born in New York City; Hays
    (1914-1981) was born in Arkansas. They co-founded The Weavers in 1948.
    Featured song, "If I Had A Hammer," first released in 1949. Version by
    Peter, Paul & Mary reached #10 on Top Charts October 1962.

NOV 2016:
MARIA CRISTINA GAMA DE FIGUEIREDO - a Brazilian poet and
    artist born in Aracaju, capital of Sergipe, Northeast Brazil.
    Featured poem, "Gratidão," translated by Rosaliene Bacchus, published in
    O Peixe Práxis (de uma filosofia de poesia livre), Sergipe, Brazil, 2000.

OCT 2016: NICHOLAS DAMION ALEXANDER - a Jamaican poet and teacher of
    English and Philosophy.
    Featured poem, "The Body Politic," published on the poet's blogspot.

SEP 2016: ALICE WALKER - African American poet, writer, and activist born in
    the southeastern state of Georgia. Gained renown for her Pulitzer Prize
    winning 1982 novel, The Color Purple.
    Featured poem, "Calling All Grand Mothers," published in Hard Times
    Require Furious Dancing, New World Library, California, 2010.

AUG 2016: VINICIUS DE MORAES - a Brazilian poet, lyricist, essayist, and
    playwright born in Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Brazil.
    Featured poem, "Soneto do Amigo," translated by Rosaliene Bacchus,
    published in Poemas, Sonetas e Baladas, Edições Gavetas, São Paulo,
    Brazil, 1946.

JUL 2016: DANIELLE BOODOO-FORTUNÉ - poet and artist born in the twin
    island Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago.
    Featured poem "Mother in the Morning" published in Coming Up Hot: Eight
    New Poets from the Caribbean, Peekash Press, New York & London, 2015.

JUN 2016: MARTÍN ESPADA - a poet, essayist, translator, editor, and attorney
    born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Puerto Rican family.
    Featured poem "Imagine the Angels of Bread" from Alabanza: New &
    Selected Poems, 1982-2002, published by W.W. Norton & Company, USA,
    2003.

MAY 2016: OLGA SAVARY - a Brazilian poet born in Pará, North Brazil.
    Featured poem, "Eden Hades," translated by Rosaliene Bacchus, published
    in Éden Hades, Brazil, 1994.

APR 2016: RUEL JOHNSON - a poet and short story writer living in Georgetown,
    Guyana.
    Featured poem "Sugar" (excerpt), published in Coming Up Hot: Eight New
    Poets from the Caribbean, Peekash Press, New York & London, 2015.

MAR 2016:
MOHJA KAHF - a Syrian-American poet and novelist living in
    Arkansas.
    Featured poem, "The Marvelous Women," published in E-mails from
    Scheherazad, University Press of Florida, USA, 2003.

FEB 2016: PEDRO TIERRA -  a Brazilian poet and politician born in Tocantins,
    North Brazil.
    Featured poemThe Pedagogy of Steel” (A Pedagogia dos Aços),
    translated by Rosaliene Bacchus.

JAN 2016:
SASSY ROSS - a Caribbean poet born in Castries, St. Lucia. She lives
    in New York City.
    Featured poem "History Shelves," published in Coming Up Hot: Eight New
    Poets from the Caribbean, Peekash Press, New York & London, 2015.