Firing the Canon


Among the persistent contentions in Caribbean art and literature are questions of gatekeeping and the “Caribbeanness” of the works and their creators. Who polices the canon? Who gets recognised and even who is Caribbean enough? This special issue of Moko “Firing the Canon” is prompted by these concerns. We ask: Who’s left out? Who’s in? Responses to our questions take the form of nominations from writers and visual artists who have experienced a degree of exposure that moves them beyond the categorisation of “newcomer” in their respective fields. The content of this issue reflects a marshaling of their personal reactions to and endorsements of a range of emerging creative practitioners – individuals in the early stage of their careers. – Ayanna Lloyd, Marsha Pearce, and Colin Robinson – Guest Editors

So begins the latest issue of Moko magazine (which you might remember published my poem Children Melee in 2014) – a special issue in…

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