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The Caribbean has produced one of the most vigorous and exciting bodies of poetry of the last one hundred year. The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse is the only contemporary anthology to present the best of the English-language poetry of the region alongside selections from the poetry of boththe French and Spanish Caribbean. Featuring a range of established poets from Derek Walcott to Jesus Cos Causse, Olive Senior to Aime Cesaire, as well as exciting new voices, this is a rich and challenging book.
Stewart Brown is a poet and critic who teaches African and Caribbean literature at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham. He worked as a teacher in Jamaica in the early 1970s, lectured at Bayero University, Kano in Nigeria in the 1980s, and later taught at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. He has edited several anthologies of Caribbean writing and published many books and essays on aspects of West Indian culture. Mark McWatt is a Guyanese poet and critic who taught for some time at universities in Canade and the UK, and is now Professor of West Indian Literature in the Department of English at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. He has published many books and essays on aspects of Caribbean literature, with a particular interest in Guyanese writers. He is editor of The Journal of West Indian Literature and edited, with Hazel Simmonds, the anthology for Caribbean schools A World of Poetry. His own poetry is widely published and anthologized, and his collection The Language of Eldorado won the prestigious Guyana Prize for Poetry in 1994.