PETER JAILALL – Poet

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Peter Jailall is a teacher, poet and storyteller. He has read his poetry in schools, libraries and universities across North America, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. A graduate of the University of Toronto ( B.Ed., M.A.), Peter is an avid supporter of human rights and social values as well as an advocate of  environmental protection. Peter has published several books, This Healing Place 1993, Yet Another Home 1997, When September Comes 2003, all of these published by Natural Heritage. His book Mother Earth: poems for her children is due to be published in September 2009 by In Our Words Inc.

He was a finalist for a Mississauga Arts Award in the category of Established Literary Artist. He is currently a volunteer with CUSO-VSO as a teacher- trainer in Guyana. Peter lives in Mississauga with his wife Sabi and their two sons Dave and Nari. He enjoys gardening during the summer.


 

FRUIT SELLER 

by Peter Jailall

Sumintra sits patiently

On her wooden peerha

Under the spreading neem tree,

Near Mahaica big bridge,

Where the river bends

And the road curves,

Selling the beset tropical fruits

Grown in the land.

 

Smooth, round, brown sapodilllas.

Short, sweet, yellow fig bananas.

White and purple star apples,

Juice running down you elbows me buddy.

Rattling green avocados.

Yellow spice mangoes.

Beautiful red cashews,

Insides white like candy floss.

Huge watermelons sounding,

Kangsing sweeter than tassa drumming.

 

Sumintra awaits the arrival

Of the minibus and the speedboat

On the other side of the world,

Far away from Big Market.

 

THIS AND OTHER INSIGHTFUL POEMS

CAN BE READ IN PETER JAILALL’S

CO-AUTHORED BOOK

PEOPLE OF GUYANA

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

 

 

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Janet Naidu -Poet

Janet Naidu was born in Covent Garden, Guyana, a rural village close to the sugar plantations of Farm and Diamond.  Janet comes from humble beginnings—her father worked as a cane cutter and her mother sold greens in the village and in the market place.  She, along with her seven siblings assisted their parents in earning extra income.

Janet has made Canada her home since 1975. In 1973, two of her poems appeared in a small booklet called Heritage. After writing sporadically over the years, her first collection of poems, Winged Heart (1999) was short-listed for the Guyana Prize for Literature, poetry category.  Her other two collections include Rainwater (2005) and Sacred Silence (2009). Her poems capture themes of uprooted movements, nostalgic memories, resettlement, feminism, resilience and survival. Her writings also include essays of cultural and historical themes. Janet Naidu (4)
Her poetry and writings have appeared in news media, online publications, anthologies, referenced in books on Indo Caribbean themes and in the Women’s Journal of the University of the West Indies.

Janet obtained a BA from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London, UK.


Janet, thanks for taking the time to do this interview for my readers. I’d like to focus on your collection Rainwater, in addition to your writing, in general.

Q. At what age did you start to write? What do you remember writing about? Does that writing still exist today?

A. As a teenager I sold greens in the village with my mother and had a notepad to write down credit given to the villagers. I used to also make little sketches and writings at the back pages when I waited for people to purchase items in our baskets. But most significantly, I started writing to pen pals around the world after posting my name and address in a pen pal magazine. I had pen pals from New Zealand, England, Germany, Japan, Pakistan, USA and many other countries. It was during this time, I entered into writing to pen pals around the world, telling them about my family life at home, and life in Guyana. I used to get creative, talking about simple things in the village, like when the sugar cane would burn and the cane dust would come through our windows. I made it sound exciting. Living in Canada, I am often taken back to that time when I was care free and thoughts of the natural world flowed so greater then. This reflection continues to influence my writing.

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