Wordview 2022: From “A Suite of 7 for Belizean Artistry”

“Yes, ih gawn, gawn foreva in a promis land” 

Mr. Wilfred Peters 

 

The voice of the king of boom 

and chime, Mista Peetaz, booms 

 

from the parched throats of his 

Kriol ancestor geniuses, who sang 

journey songs of booming, becoming, 

blasting, rattling coming from dense 

forests of logwoods 

 

burning a painful passage of 

songs played in the lining of 

accordion stomach 

 

a brukdown bubbling in 

acid reflux, stirring up 

melodies of mahogany cutters 

sweating and breaking steel 

in their creation of 

dangerous 

 

rhythms of ringing dingaling bells, 

swinging windbox reeds, 

knocking and scratching 

donkey jawbones, mallet 

booming drum, and chiming 

 

dancing bodies in interior camps 

of mahogany forests. 

Poem recorded as part of Poetry Archive Now: Wordview 2022. Used by permission of author.

Wordview 2022 Winners

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Ubaldimir Guerra

Ubaldimir Guerra is a poet and lecturer from Belize City, Belize. He works as a full-time lecturer of English and literature at the University of Belize. His poetry appears in PREE: Caribbean Writing, BIM: Arts for the 21st Century and Interviewing the Caribbean. Ubaldimir was shortlisted for the Bocas Emerging Writers fellowship in 2022.

A special thank you to our WordView 2021 poets.

Chair of the Judging Panel, Joelle Taylor, says: "We were thrilled by the range and scope of the poetry and techniques explored throughout the wide submissions. I have said before that to write a poem is an act of resistance but to then perform it as well is a revolution. It takes a bravery to face the page, and a further one to stand by your words. While we’ve all become more used to filming ourselves over the pandemic, all of us were deeply aware of that courage.

Often when on a judging panel we find ourselves faced with impossible decisions. If you can imagine, after sifting, it’s as though a hundred people have crossed the finish line at precisely the same moment but there are only three medals. How do we come to these decisions? Through the objective unpicking of the poems, through our individual passions, through a consideration of narratives, especially those lesser heard. We come to it through uneasy negotiation and through heart, and above all through our shared love and understanding of the possibilities of poetry.

Our honest applause goes to all who submitted, and I hope you can hear it.

Congratulations to those we selected. We hope to see you all again soon."

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