Saturday, January 16, 2016
My new chapbook, City Remembrances: poems, 42 pgs, illustrated, limited edition of 200 copies, is forthcoming. Sells at $30 EC, $10 US. Under my publishing imprint, Mahanaim Publishing. Designed by Raphael "Rinvelle" Philip. His art work is included. Printed by The Document Centre, St. Lucia. On sale in St. Lucia at the Folk Research Centre.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
New Year Poem
“The Sea of Faith
Was once, too at the full, and round earth’s shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar…” – Matthew Arnold (Dover Beach)
I suppose it’s ultimately personal
this building of a life —
ground, wall-block, hardwood, clamped metal
roof, about a well-planted
corner-stone of certain faith —
when the earth-plot shakes to doubt,
batter in fear against cyclones,
some plump rat rots under the boards with the stench
of horrible news (you get the point) —
faith surges like a triumphant vanguard
of galloping waves off Gros Islet
to spread its bounteous, cleansing surf
all along the garbage-littered shore.
(c) John Robert Lee
Photo: © Sea at Gros Islet. J.R.Lee