10 thoughts on “Black Stone

  1. Harry Rutherford Harry Rutherford says:

    One for the Around The World challenge Wikipedia only mentions one writer from Vanuatu Grace Mera Molisa There was a copy of Black Stone, her first book of poems, for sale on AbeBooks, so I thought I d give it a punt.This is political poetry Black Stone was published in 1983, just three years after Vanuatu gained independence, and the main dynamics of the book are anti colonialism and feminism.If the aim of the challenge is to get some sense of different places around the world, then this bo One for the Around The World challenge Wikipedia only mentions one writer from Vanuatu Grace Mera Molisa There was a copy of Black Stone, her first book of poems, for sale on AbeBooks, so I thought I d give it a punt.This is political poetry Black Stone was published in 1983, just three years after Vanuatu gained independence, and the main dynamics of the book are anti colonialism and feminism.If the aim of the challenge is to get some sense of different places around the world, then this book isn t ideal It largely deals with politics in the abstract, and aside from a few place names it would be difficult to guess where it was written I have noidea of the landscape or everyday life of Vanuatu than I did before I read it But then I don t think I m the target audience.I m not terribly excited by it as poetry either most of it reads as political prose broken up rather arbitrarily into short lines This is from a poem called Newspaper Mania The mediumof Newsprintcan makeand breakGovernmentsand menin dictatingand shapingpublic opinionby subtleand invisibleDictatorship There are occasionally hints of somethinginteresting, though from the same poem, I think this has a fine acid touch to it Metropolitanjournalistsflock to Port Vilacrawling the barssniffing the fartsof othertransient scavengersand go awayexpertson Vanuatu politics.Despite few good moments, the book mainly reads to me as social activism rather than poetry Not that I have anything against social activism


  2. Marina (Sonnenbarke) Marina (Sonnenbarke) says:

    Je comprends le valeur politique de ces po mes et j ai bien aim la musicalit , toutefois je n ai pas vraiment appreci le livre Dommage Mais c est bon d avoir lu un livre crit par une crivaine ni vanuatu et prov nant lui m me le livre, je veux dire de Nouvelle Cal donie.


  3. Riikka Riikka says:

    I didn t like these poems Maybe I m old fashioned poetry reader, put I want my poetry have some rhythm and I felt these had none August 18, 2007


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