Readings by Ian Strachan, Derrilyn Morrison, Julia Petitfrere, Marie-Ovide Gina Dorcely, and Margaret Gill (1996
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Trinidadian novelist Earl Lovelace introduces the CWSI program of readings for July 26, 1996. Ian Strachan from New Providence Island, Bahamas, a playwright/lecturer/poet and professor of English at College of the Bahamas, leads the audience in reading a scene from a play about a candidate for prime minister exhorting a political rally to seek majority rule and decolonization, based on a real-life politician, and alluding to Moses, the Egyptians, and the Promised Land; then he reads a poem called "End of the Dry Season." Derrilyn Morrison, an assistant lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, reads her poetry: a series of untitled poems, "City Girl," more untitled poems, and "Oceans Away." Julia Petitfrere, winner of many awards in creative writing, reads an excerpt from her journal, then a piece that discusses how mothers don't realize how important they are to their children. Marie-Ovide Gina Dorcely reads a poem, "Defense of Paradise," from a class exercise; then three poems of history and memory: "Coda," "Anhinga," and "The Weight of Sea," followed by a series of odes. Margaret Gill, a lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, reads her poetry: an unnamed poem, "Baby," "Cane Season," "Jail Politics," "Poem for a Migrant Worker," "Ramaje," "Education," and "Alternative Feminist."