The Dusty Angel (selection)

Vahni Capildeo

 

for Judy Raymond

 

CONTENTS

 

Walk #4

 

Nocturne #1

Nocturne #2

Nocturne #3

Nocturne #7

 

Lullaby #4

Lullaby #5

Lullaby #6

Lullaby #7

 


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Walks #1, #2, and #3 and Lullabies #1, #2, and #3 appear online in Anthropocene Poetry https://www.anthropocenepoetry.org/post/3-poems-by-vahni-capildeo Thanks to Charlie Baylis.

Walks #5, #6, and #7 appear in Stand Magazine (December, 2020). Thanks to John Whale and all at Stand.

Nocturne #4, Nocturne #5, and Nocturne #6 appear in print in anthropocene everyday: sensibilities of the present (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2020), ed. by Maria Sledmere and Rhian Williams. Thanks to the editors.

Walk #5 is a variation on ‘coupling’, a form invented by Karen McCarthy Woolf, which pairs a line of found text to echo with and reflect the shape of an original line. The italicized lines are from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Ode to the West Wind’.

Special thanks to: The University of Leeds poetry group, hosted by John Whale; Raymond Antrobus; Khairani Barokka; Joan Dayal and family; Fr Dominic White, O.P.

This sequence was made possible by a Writer in Residence position at the University of the West Indies (2020). Undying gratitude to: Dr Muli Amaye, Ms Adel Bain, Dr Maarit Forde, Mr Roger McFarlane, and Dr Vijay Maharaj; the wonderful students (accompanied by pet animals) who met online during Trinidad and Tobago’s first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic; fellow visiting writers Kevin Garbaran and Scott Ting a Kee, who showed grace and humour while unable to return to Guyana; Leila Capildeo, Julyiana Matadeen, and everyone else involved – in Martin Carter’s words, “all are involved”.

 

 

Vahni Capildeo is Writer in Residence at the University of York, where their research focus is on silence. Recent work includes Skin Can Hold (Carcanet, 2019), Odyssey Calling (Sad Press, 2020) and Light Site (Periplum Poetry, 2020), reflecting Capildeo’s interest in place, plurilingualism, and immersive or participatory performance, such as Trinidad’s traditional masquerade.

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