Far District (Paperback)


By Ishion Hutchinson

Peepal Tree Press Ltd., 9781845231576, 88pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2010

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Creating an impressionistic portrait of the poet's boyhood in rural Jamaica, these narrative poems explore the West Indian distrust of European literature and mythology. Written in both traditional and formless verse, as well as in English and Jamaican patois, the book is structured as the spiritual journey of a poet-speaker caught between two worlds: one a benign culture of bush folk and the other a luminous but dangerous sea of myth. The speaker fears the land of myth because he is loyal to the bush people, but he also desires to transcend his physical and intellectual poverty. Little by little, the two cultures come together as the speaker begins grafting childhood memory to the world of imagination, shaped by books, art, music, and travel. At the core of the collection are several elegies to the poet’s grandmother, May, who encouraged his young creativity.

About the Author

Ishion Hutchinson is the author of Bryan's Bay, and his poetry and essays have appeared in publications such as Attica, Caribbean Review of Books, and LA Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For Far District: Poems

"In this vivid and affecting first book, Ishion Hutchinson gives us a world in which 'everything was about spirit' . . . Each description, each character becomes indelible."  —Jacqueline Osherow, author, The Hoopoe's Crown

"A marvelous book of generous, giving poems."  —Yusef Komunyakaa, author, Apologize for the Eyes in My Head