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Unwritten: Caribbean Poems After the First World War edited by Karen McCarthy Woolf

What does it mean to fight for a ‘mother country’ that refuses to accept you as one of its own?

Britain’s First World War poets changed the way we view military conflict and had a deep impact on the national psyche. Yet the stories of the 15,600 volunteers who signed up to the British West Indian Regiment remain largely unknown. Sadly, these citizens of empire were not embraced as compatriots on an equal footing. Instead they faced prejudice, injustice and discrimination while being confined to menial and auxiliary work, regardless of rank or status.

As a collaborative project, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, BBC Contains Strong Language and the British Council, Unwritten Poems invited contemporary Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora poets to write into that vexed space, and explore the nature of war and humanity – as it exists now, and at a time when Britain’s colonial ambitions were still at a peak. Unwritten: Caribbean Poems After the First World War is a result of that provocation and also includes new material written for broadcast and live performance.

Unwritten:
Caribbean Poems After the First World War
by Karen McCarthy Woolf (Author, Editor)
With contributions from Jay Bernard, Malika Booker, Kat Francois, Jay T. John, Anthony Joseph, Ishion Hutchinson, Charnell Lucien, Vladimir Lucien, Rachel Manley, Tanya Shirley and Karen McCarthy Woolf.
Paperback
Publisher: Nine Arches Press
4 Oct. 2018
Poetry
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1911027298
ISBN-13: 978-1911027294
Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1 x 23 cm
160 pages
Price: £14.99

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