Nine books by writers from four Caribbean countries have been announced on the longlist for the 2019 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, sponsored by One Caribbean Media.
Widely recognised as the leading literary award for Caribbean writers, the Prize recognises books in three genre categories — poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction — published by Caribbean authors in the preceding year.
In the poetry category, the longlist brings together three writers considered part of a new wave of talent pushing Caribbean poetry in fresh directions. Doe Songs, the debut book by Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné of Trinidad and Tobago, “investigates the personal and the political, deploying a stunning range of imagery and themes,” write the judges. “Mothers and daughters, hunters and the hunted, metal and fire meet in this dazzling constellation of archetypes that moves us to a new understanding of the Caribbean landscape.” Loretta Collins Klobah of Puerto Rico is longlisted for her second poetry collection, Ricantations: “richly observed stories told by a poet with an acute eye. We are made to see the extraordinary within the ordinary, to find music and richly varied textures in the penumbra between languages and societies.” And Giant by Richard Georges of the British Virgin Islands — another sophomore collection — is “a work of great economy and beauty, that builds steadily like a wave, to moments of the sublime,” write the judges. “This is a book that knows ‘here’ and ‘home’ are not the same thing.”’ Read more.