by Hazel Simmons-McDonald
Hazel Simmonds-McDonald, a writer whose works have previously appeared in such notable journals as Savacou, The Literary Review and The Atlanta Review, provides poetry lovers with a rare treat with her debut novel of collected power, Silk Cotton and Other Trees.Artistically inspired, her poems are textured works of sound and rhythm which reveal a true ear for cadence. There is a refreshing experimentation with form and metre, ranging from the skilful manipulation of the traditional sonnet forms to free verse and prose poetry. In content, the themes are occasionally haunting and unsettling, forcing a reflection on the more sobering aspects of life, yet simultaneously reminding us of its inherent beauty and hope.
“…a fine first collection of poems, full of grain and texture of lived experience filtered through a brisk, uncompromising intellect.” — Mark McWatt
About the Author
Hazel Simmons-McDonald is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Barbados.
Publisher: Ian Randle Publishers (July 1, 2004)
Paperback: 56 pages
Item Weight: 3.21 ounces
Dimensions: 6.14 x 0.12 x 9.21 inches
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