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Created: 14th August, 2015

Under the Moon & Over the Sea

Author: John Agard and Grace Nichols
Illustrator: Cathie Felstead
Publisher: Walker

The first winner of the CLPE Poetry Award (now known as the CLiPPA), this anthology encompasses poems from poets living in the Caribbean and those from the Caribbean diaspora and also includes traditional rhyme and song. John Agard and Grace Nichols adopt a thematic approach, beginning with the Caribbean as a homeplace and ending with journeying away from there. Each theme is introduced by the editors, so we run from ‘Once the Wind Said to the Sea’ through to ‘Windrush Child’. On the way we visit ‘See Full Moon, Hear Jumbie Story’, ‘Listening to the Land’ and ‘Come Taste and Buy’.

Each of the five thematic sections is illustrated by a different artist. Sadly this book is currently only available in a small format paperback with black and white illustrations. If you are fortunate enough to have the original hardback or large format paperback you can enjoy in their full glory: Cathie Felstead’s collages that portray the underwater worlds surrounding the islands; Jane Ray’s illuminations of the vibrant storytelling traditions; Christopher Corr’s bright colours which give life to flora and fauna; Satoshi Kitamura’s use of humour to make a display of Caribbean food. Finally, poems about migration from the Caribbean give flight to Sara Fanelli’s imagination.

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