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4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful exploration of the Black Atlantic, 17 April 2009
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This review is from: Startling the Flying Fish (Paperback)
I was originally drawn to Grace Nichols by a recommendation to The Fat Black Woman's Poems. I then went and browsed through that collection and decided to buy it. The writing was poised, concise and rhythmic, and the attitude was relaxed but confident, strident yet comfortable. I really admired the strength and restraint it showed.

Startling the Flying Fish is perhaps more experimental. Here Nichols experiments with the tale of the Caribbean, weaving in a variety of voices, including that of the islands themselves. The language is lush and evocative without being purple or pretentious, and the sentiment is bold. True, other writers have tried to tell the story of the Black Atlantic, and in other ways, but I don't think that means the themes have necessarily been exhausted, and this is a worthwhile contribution to that growing body of what is termed 'postcolonial literature'.

--Adam Lowe, Features Editor at Bent Magazine / North East Correspondent for The Pink Paper, and author of Troglodyte Rose [].
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