Posted: 18:25:33 on 26/05/2011
We'd like to draw your attention to a few excellent, and deservingly highly favourable, reviews of Vahni Capildeo's Undraining Sea. Edward Baugh in the Caribbean Review of Books says: "This poetry is not for the faint-hearted. It disturbs conventional notions of how poems make meaning, both for the reader and for other poets for whom Vahni Capildeo — a Trinidadian writer living in Britain — may be the poet’s poet ... [Her poems] are at one and the same time tantalising enticement and warning." And quite right, too.
Adam Piette says, at Black Box Manifold: "This is an urgent, shapely, generous and serious collection – of self-witness, astute, gentle, sharp and alive, sensing where the mind in words will go, along long journeys/sequences of encounter with the lost other in language." Indeed, that's what we thought.
And finally, Andrew Bailey has also sung high hymns of praise unto the poetry of Capildeo, at Todd Swift's Eyewear. He says, "what she is responsible for, what I'm grateful for, is a wholly recommendable collection that justifies the praise on its back." He also says: "If the work is shapely, incidentally, so is the hardback form Eggbox have provided for it." And so say all of us. You should probably buy one or something.
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