In several poems, but most explicitly in 'Excerpt from The Whole Caboodle', Kevyn Arthur opposes the cultural politics of skin for a humanism which does not think: ‘Cogito, ergo sum Aethiops’ and where his grievance against colonialism is that it ‘made me take too long to understand / that identity is a rudimentary fiction: that England and Barbados are Nowhere /... and we each are the Makers of the song we all sing’ (‘England and Nowhere’).
"Arthur's observations open up new vistas in the re-exploration of human possibilities... exciting."
Mario Relich, Lines Review
"Uses... great rolling, roaring tirades of slang, anger, lust, irony to powerful effect."
Novelist and poet Kevyn Arthur was born in Barbados in 1942. He has worked as a journalist and as a philosophy lecturer, and currently lives in Virginia.