Carlyon Blackman

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Although deeply interested in Barbadian life and the Barbadian landscape, Carlyon sees herself as a 'global watcher' – looking at this 'wounded', but beautiful world from the vantage point of her 'little rock'. Hence, many of her poems take on larger, more universal concerns far beyond her early writing as an introverted school girl winning the inaugural Irving Burgie Literary Award as well as NIFCA prizes for poetry. Carlyon considers poetry as more than a passion; it is a way of life – a path to see in and see out her hopes and fears, which is why she 're-emerged' in the early 2000s as a 'poet' writing in a great rush of creativity – as she calls it – as though her life depended on it. Her work has been published in previous and forthcoming print and online journals including The Caribbean Writer, St Somewhere Journal, tongues of the ocean, Poui magazine (University of the West Indies, Cave Hill), Bim: Arts for the 21st Century, and As Us journal. In 2012, she was awarded 2nd prize in the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Awards for a body of work entitled Ars Poetica.


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