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Poetry is Making a Comeback in Panama

At the Book Nook in Colon. Left to right, Dr. Wong Vega, Prof. Rita Wong Lew, Lic. Winston Churchill James, and Prof. Roberto Reid Green.

At the Book Nook in Colon. Left to right, Dr. Wong Vega, Prof. Rita Wong Lew, Lic. Winston Churchill James, and Prof. Roberto Reid Green.

Lately I have been undergoing a cultural revitalization which I, long ago, had lost sight of ever experiencing in Panama. Three events, all coming in the form of poetry readings focused on West Indian Panamanian poets, have re-established my faith in the power of culture to regenerate the best qualities in the human mind. Continue reading

Rapsodia Antillana: West Indian Poetic Voices

Rapsodia Antillana: Selección Bilingüe de Poesía Afroantillana en Panamá.

“Rhapsody: epic poem or singer of epic poems. A literary work written in an exalted or impassioned style.” ……Webster’s dictionary

The heroic figure from Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus, and his painful but triumphant return to Ithaca, his home, was my inspiration for the title of our blog, Rapsodia Antillana. Since we started the blog back in January of 2007, I have been somewhat enraptured with attempting to convey my passion and my joy in expressing the spirit of my people, the Panamanian West Indians and their story. Continue reading