Gemma Robinson's helpfully annotated edition is the first Collected Poems of Martin Carter. The selected prose includes key essays on race, colonialism, political action and the role of the poet in a postcolonial society.
"A major contribution to Guyanese scholarship. This sets the standard for editions of Caribbean poetry."
"Carter has a stature in the collective consciousness of Guyana that is quite unique among writers in the English-speaking CaribbeanÖ he will remain one of the greatest writers of that periodÖ Carter will stand in the very first ranks of the writers of the Americas."
"Martin Carter spans an enormous arc of experience from exuberant public statement to betrayed introspection."
"His impulse was always lyrical, he was a great reciter, he had a great voice, he had a great joy in the sound of the poemÖ the example of his work was phenomenalÖ West Indian literature even in English is totally underestimated, totally. The literature is astonishing, the quality is astonishingly high. And Martin's position in all this is special."