sx salon 35 • october 2020
As the worldwide pandemic continues—extra acute, and extra egregiously mishandled, in some places than others—I can solely say that I’m experiencing a profound exhaustion, and I think about lots of sx salon’s readers are as effectively. It’s past me to behave in a business-as-usual method even all through this introduction, and I’m not going to strive. As a substitute I’ll invite you, our readers, to think about whether or not all of the forces—political cynicism, a profit-over-people orientation, scientific illiteracy and denialism, individualism run amok, and white supremacy—that underpin catastrophically failed pandemic responses in some locations are additionally answerable for creating the local weather disaster to which the Caribbean is especially susceptible; the record-breaking 2020 hurricane season is yet one more knowledge level indicating the acceleration of that disaster. If COVID-19 is a harbinger of our local weather resilience or lack thereof, the challenges that lie earlier than us are daunting, to say the very least.
However my function as editor affords me the consolation of turning my consideration from these disheartening prospects to the richness of Caribbean mental and cultural work—whereby lies, I imagine, a supply of resilience. On this concern, sx salon is happy to current Andil Gosine on the work of Wendy Nanan, whose self-titled solo exhibition on the Artwork Museum of the Americas has been postponed due to the pandemic; Ronald Cummings on the 2019 movie Shella Report: A Reggae Thriller, which paperwork a Canadian filmmaker’s seek for the story of Jamaican singer Sheila Rickards; Kelly Baker Josephs on the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Savacou and the way we’d contemplate the afterlives of journals, their “futures in our presents”; and at last, Ren Ellis Neyra on blackness, brownness, and the ethics of conscripting the previous into the semiotic development of the latter.
Our sturdy critiques part includes, first, Karina Vernon’s assessment of Kaie Kellough’s poetry assortment Magnetic Equator,Canadian winner of the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize. Plus Cornel Bogle’s assessment of Lorna Goodison’s Redemption Floor: Essays and Adventures; Rupert Lewis’s assessment of Orlando Patterson’s The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the Postcolonial Predicament; Sebastian C. Galbo’s assessment of Aaron Kamugisha’s Past Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom within the Caribbean Mental Custom; Edna Bonhomme’s assessment of Jeb Sprague’s Globalizing the Caribbean: Political Financial system, Social Change, and the Transnational Capitalist Class; and Natalie Catasús’s assessment of Brian Russell Roberts and Michelle Ann Stephens’s assortment Archipelagic American Research.
We additionally deliver you new Caribbean artistic writing: poems by Vladimir Lucien and John Robert Lee and a brief story by Kirk V. Bhajan. Get pleasure from, and keep secure.
Rachel L. Mordecai
Desk of Contents
Introduction—Rachel L. Mordecai
“A Reckoning with the Prairies”—Karina Vernon
Evaluation of Kaie Kellough, Magnetic Equator (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2019)
“Redemption Is the Key”—Cornel Bogle
Evaluation of Lorna Goodison, Redemption Floor: Essays and Adventures (Brighton, UK: Myriad, 2018)
“Sisyphean and Confounding”—Rupert Lewis
Evaluation of Orlando Patterson, The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the Postcolonial Predicament (Cambridge, MA: Harvard College Press, 2019)
“Reviving Political Power after the Grenada Revolution”—Sebastian C. Galbo
Evaluation of Aaron Kamugisha, Past Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom within the Caribbean Mental Custom (Bloomington: Indiana College Press, 2019)
“The Making of an Unequal Caribbean”—Edna Bonhomme
Evaluation of Jeb Sprague, Globalizing the Caribbean: Political Financial system, Social Change, and the Transnational Capitalist Class (Philadelphia: Temple College Press, 2019)
“The Archipelagic in Motion”—Natalie Catasús
Evaluation of Brian Russell Roberts and Michelle Ann Stephens, eds., Archipelagic American Research (Durham, NC: Duke College Press, 2017)
“Breath: Wendy Nanan on the Artwork Museum of the Americas”—Andil Gosine
“Looking for Shella”—Ronald Cummings
“The place Do Journals Go? Savacou, Fifty Years Later”—Kelly Baker Josephs
“The Query of Ethics within the Semiotics of Brownness” —Ren Ellis Neyra
Poetry & Prose
Poem by John Robert Lee
Brief fiction by Kirk V. Bhajan
Poem by Vladimir Lucien