My last blog post was a challenge to Monique Roffey to engage the Caribbean more profoundly and also engaging her own position in it more profoundly and honestly. Not saying that she is not a Caribbean Writer, but that as someone from the Caribbean with a relationship with it, her representation of it suggested irresponsibility and flippancy. Monique recently made some changes to the blog post in light of my article written in challenge. Here is a key that may illuminate some of these changes.
See article here (hopefully no changes occur again before you get to it): http://www.waterstones.com/blog/2014/07/the-new-wave-of-caribbean-writers/#more-57279?auid=1005&source=buyat&affid=Skimbit&awinaid=78888
But I saw these writers and poets as way ahead of me, existing in a kind of far away stratosphere. These big names were writers I’d read and admired, but they were on a different stage, higher, above me. They were the First Generation; they are now seen as the Golden Era of Caribbean Literature.
No more does this quote from her say: “ the Golden Era of Caribbean Literature, which is an odd way of seeing them, given that so many of these writers, (some of whom I’ve now met), don’t glow and aren’t made of gold.”
Also added: the list goes on and includes many writers who are on the cusp of publication.
The region is complex
Added in: ‘to a centre based in Britain or any other European centre’
Added in: ‘Instead, we are writing towards the region, that is who we are writing back to, our home, our centre;’ NO longer does it merely say: Our generation is no longer writing back, that much strikes me as over for sure. Instead, we are writing for ourselves and sometimes towards each other. We are not only talking to each other, but sometimes arguing too….
Added: or like me, living 50/50
All negligible and small changes really. Some of them even ostensibly making amend(ment)s