LOST AND FOUND: Forward Prize winner Kei Miller’s oeuvre spans fiction (The Last Warner Woman), non-fiction (Writing Down the Vision) and the kind of poetry best described as bruising and endlessly provocative. In Nearby Bushes, his latest collection of verse, falls right in line, exploring “his strongest landscape yet,” a world in which “it is both possible to hide and heal, a landscape marked as much by magic as it is by murder.” A recipient of the Silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica for his contribution to the literary arts, Miller holds a Doctorate from the University of Glasgow. His previous poetry collections include There is An Anger That Moves and The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion.
SHARP FOCUS: As we wait out this Covid-19 pandemic, film buffs and scholars can pick up a copy of the recently launched Show Us As We Are: Place, Nation and Identity in Jamaican Film (UWI Press) by Dr. Rachel Moseley-Wood. She presents readers with a series of discussions on 11 well-known Jamaican-made films, alternately examining their complexities, sophistication and artistry. At the same time, Moseley-Wood (lit and film studies lecturer and now Head of the Department of Literatures in English at UWI Mona) assesses Jamaica as “a hedonistic paradise,” even as she challenges the unifying narratives of nationhood. “It’s essential reading,” says Dr. Jean Antoine-Dunne, “for those who wish to challenge the status quo.”