Afternoon Tea & Caribbean Poetry presents: Guyanese poet, Martin Carter (1927-1997)

For Much Deliberation

Afternoon Tea & Caribbean Poetry presents: Guyanese poet, Martin Carter (1927-1997)…

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Born on June 7th 1927, Martin Wylde Carter was a Guyanese poet and political activist. Carter was truly a great poet, best known for poems encompassing scenes of protest and revolution. His poems reflect some of the tensions in his native Guyana during the 1950s and 1960s, continuing thereafter, and always feeding the imagination with elements of strife and struggle and then inner peace and hope.

Excerpt from Looking at your hands

“And so

If you see me

Looking at your hands

Listening when you speak

Marching in your ranks

You must know

I do not sleep to dream, but dream to change the world.”

Carter was born into an urban middle class family and attended the prestigious Queen’s College between 1939 and 1945. Instead of going to university, he chose to join the civil service working…

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