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Velma Pollard Re-visits Caret Bay in New Collection

And Caret Bay Again

Velma Pollard is set to launch her latest anthology of poems And Caret Bay Again: New and Selected Poems. The launch is slated to take place at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, University of the West Indies Mona on Sunday March 17 at 11:00 am.

Pollard, a writer, researcher and poet has previously produced several collections of poetry including Crown Point and Other poems (1988), Shame Trees Don’t Grow Here (1992) and Considering Woman 1 & 2 (2010). Pollard is also the author of the highly acclaimed Dread Talk: The Language of Rastafari (1994). Her novella Karl copped the 1992 Casa de las Americas prize, and was subsequently simultaneously published in Spanish and English.

And Caret Bay Again features works from four of Pollard’s previous collections as well as several new works. According to a release, the poems in the collection, published by Peepal Tree Press, have been shaped by Pollard’s sense of Jamaica’s history and unparalleled natural beauty.

Sunday’s launch is being hosted by the Department of Literatures in English, UWI Mona. The launch falls under the slate of events being staged by the department to mark March as Literatures in English Month. The celebration was kicked off with Love Affair With Literature II a combined effort of the department and the Kingston Book Festival.

Love Affairs With Literature will also feature the premiere of the film Womanish Ways and the launch of Ralph Thompson’s Taking Words for a Walk.