Wordview 2022: A Season of Grief

Oblivious to the danger of vehicular traffic, 

a school girl stoops on the side of the street, 

retying loose shoelaces in the same fashion 

as the red ribbons in her hair. 

 

A primary schooler is too young 

to stop believing in infinity. I pass her 

like the years childhood seemed sweet 

and salted prunes were rewards for virtue. 

 

For me, aging compels quiet and stillness. 

I own more doubts than tenor notes 

played in a steel pan orchestra in Laventille, 

beneath a muted city of burning stars. 

 

Godfrey, Kenton, Omavi, Ryton, Jeph. 

My friends, I began this year counting you, 

among the dead. 

You will not rise with Easter Sunday kites 

 

across the savannah, 

those brilliant paper sails with red tails 

fathers and sons raise on steady winds 

for the years ahead of separation. 

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

Wordview 2022 Winners

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Amílcar Sanatan

Amílcar Peter Sanatan is a PhD. candidate in Cultural Studies at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. His poetry has appeared in BIM Magazine, Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, The Caribbean Writer, Cordite Poetry Review, Gutter, Interviewing the Caribbean, Magma, Moko Magazine, PREE Lit, Sargasso, Sinking City and Wasafari. Sanatan is an alumnus of the Obsidian Foundation’s Writers’ Retreat (United Kingdom, 2020).

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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