A trip into other worlds

Andre Bagoo Vahni Capildeo Readers of Andre Bagoo’s third book, Pitch Lake, will find themselves enjoying an the other worlds that good literature can . The settings appear recognisable: a coastline, a beach , a bar, gaol, the movies, bed. However, the poems sing their own warning: Even the beach is deceptive a piece of wood turns a dolphin a is really soft clay all things come undone at Redhead Bay I go, I go, I go, I go – (Redhead Bay, Cuman’) Nothing is quite it seems. Like the American playwright Tennessee Williams, Bagoo deals transformations of “truth” or “reality.” His work’s pleasant or playful surface exists for and because of its depths. Pitch Lake, the title of the book, refers to the asphalt deposit southwest Trinidad; it stakes Bagoo’s claim, a regionally based Caribbean writer, to a particular imaginative landscape. Pitch Lake by Andre Bagoo Yet the way to read poetry is not the way to read prose; multiple meanings are interleaved each other, and it is not necessary to choose one. This multiplicity takes effect from the outset. The spacing between the Pitch Lake on […]

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