Photo: Carib Torch
"The men’s team did win that relay finals, and they won it by what seemed to be an actual rather than a metaphoric ‘clear mile.’" That is a fact. But what cannot ever be adequately described is what the victory unleashed in Trafalgar Square re-imagined as Half-Way-Tree re-imagined as Beijing. It was as if a plane from England had landed in Jamaica. No. It was as if a thousand such planes had landed. First, of course, there was clapping, then shouting, escalating into screaming, into jumping, into waving and the lifting of hands, into fainting, into hugging, into tears. And then something extraordinary—these thousands of Jamaicans, weeping, began to sing their national anthem. In a most fantastic moment of transnational imagination, they imposed upon Trafalgar Square, the anthem of another country. How strange that was—to look down on the concrete squares of England, and declare to it three times, as if in a spell, as if unlocking a magic that would make their declarations real, would turn the landscape into Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love.”
Image: Janine Antoni, Touch, Hoyes Arte
In the November 2013 issue of the Caribbean Review of Books, Nicholas Laughlin reviews Into the Mix, an exhibit of ten artists that ran at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft from February to April 2012. On the artist’s—and citizen’s—search for balance, Laughlin writes:
"Art is always a high-wire act, with no safety net. The artist must find a point of equilibrium between ideas and materials, ambitions and limits, creative autonomy and the expectations of audiences, private intentions and public communication. And, as Touch makes obvious, balance is a process, not a state. It means holding steady a centre of gravity: a negotiation among mass and momentum and energy. On this depends stability and mobility. The tightrope walker keeps moving, or else she falls, and her successful journey is an ongoing compromise between her own mass, tension in the wire, and universal gravity.”
Image: Tiphanie Yanique
Happy to be reading at the Harlem Book Fair World Fiction Festival with A. Naomi Jackson and Tiphanie Yanique in a panel moderated by NGC Bocas Lit Fest organizer Nicholas Laughlin. The event will be held at Columbia University on Friday, July 11 at 1:30PM. Tiphanie is launching her novel, Land of Love and Drowning, the night before at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn. The novel is already receiving rave reviews.