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UNFATHOMABLE AND OTHER POEMS
Ken Puddicombe's First Book of Poems
UNFATHOMABLE, Ken Puddicombe’s first collection of poems, follows three prior works: Racing With The Rain, a historic fictional novel, Junta, a novel set in the Caribbean, and Down Independence Boulevard And Other Stories, a collection of short stories.
The poems in Unfathomable cover a variety of themes, all connected by the author’s recollection of a childhood growing up in the 50’s in British Guiana, his early adulthood there, the rise of nationalism and the pre and post independence eras, and returning to Guyana in several visits over subsequent years.
Nostalgia and yearing for a time long gone and never returning, are explored in poems like Going Back, Middle Road, Country Life, and Echoes In My Mind, in which the author evokes memories of the suburb of La Penitence.
The rise of nationalism, the period of disturbances in the 60’s and resulting dislocation are reflected in poems like The Refugee, The Ants Nest and Colonial Mentality.
Heritage: I Am What I Am. The Indentured. Matav. The Crosby Paper. Somaria and Train Mai all delve into the complications and implications of a mixed heritage from which one can never escape and which define many of us.
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