“Poem for a Gunman” – Soyini Ayanna Forde — Novel Niche: A Place for Books

I was quite thrilled to see my poem among those featured on #PuncheonandVetiver last month over at Novel Niche because “absolutely unmixed attention is prayer” and having someone dress the altar of your work so carefully is rare and it’s quite enjoyable to experience and also low-key strange but in a good way (talk about feeling writerly, oui). Being a writer also means being subject to criticism and I know not all of it would feel like this: ensconced in the celebratory month-long reflections of contemporary Caribbean writing.  

Sometimes, love takes you by the mouth. Both of them. Soyini Ayanna Forde‘s “Poem for a Gunman” tugs your underpinnings aside, curls urgency and sincerity upwards into your heart in slow, molasses-drugged strokes. The address of the poem is intimate, revelatory, confessional: we learn of a lover with “slow walk solid calf muscles nutmeg flesh […]

via “Poem for a Gunman” – Soyini Ayanna Forde — Novel Niche: A Place for Books

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