WELL VERSED: Recently in Jamaica for this year's iteration of A Love Affair with Literature at UWI Mona, noted West Indian poet Kendel Hippolyte has just republished his seminal anthology, Night Vision (Peepal Tree Press). According to the publishers, the 80-page collection, replete with dramatic monologues, blues and rap poems, calls on Hippolyte's verbal mastery and critical insight to draw sharp focus upon a nation in flux, his beloved St. Lucia, incidentally the home of that Nobel-winning master lyricist Derek Walcott. "Hippolyte turns his vision upon the people, the land and the culture," Peepal Tree notes, "and finds a microcosm of the Caribbean in the 21st century."
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