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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Women s voices were heard loud
and clear on November 14 at the Nalis
AV Room. And all who heard stopped
and listened well.
Bamboo Talk Press, a new publishing
house run by poets Paula Obe and Carol
Hosein, made their debut with a brand
new book, She Sex. Prose and Poetry.
Sex and the Caribbean Woman.
The book features poetry and prose
works by some 26 female writers.
Tiphanie Yanique, author of How to
Escape from a Leper Colony writes on
the back-cover blurb that She Sex is
"an important gathering of women s
voices." She says she hopes the book
will prompt discussion about the beauty
of sexual pleasure and vulnerability of
that very beauty.
The event started with a short film,
featuring the poetry of Patrice Charles.
"On my way again
What a lonely start
It s scary to be good again."
Paula Obe said when the call went
out for submissions for She Sex, she
expected a flood of erotic material.
What they received, however, reflected
pleasure, yes, but also revealed a world
She said "Our grandmothers told us
not to air our dirty laundry in public.
"But these women were not afraid to
share their words."
Obe said words can assist in healing
and were a means to find solidarity
and solace. She said the collection
dealt with sex on many levels, includ-
ing pleasure, eroticism and abuse.
Carol Hosein said Bamboo Talk Press
was the manifestation of Obe s long-
held dream and part of her mission to
"give women a voice".
She noted that Obe was also the
mastermind behind Ten Sisters by
Fishink press in 2000.
Hosein introduced several of the
writers, starting with Tobago-born
Krys-Darcelle Dumas, who read her
sensual poem Her Language.
Some poets, like Cher Corbin
(Seduced), Carlyon Blackman from
Barbados (Filing for divorce) and
Jamaican Davia Andrews (Sunsets),
had pre-recorded readings of their
Gilberte read her First Degree, which
she said was inspired by a T&T
Guardian news story about lovers who
had buried their babies.
Small Axe Poetry Prize 2012 winner
Danielle Boodoo Fortuné, whose art
is also on the cover of the anthology,
read her piece, Mother of Water.
Lisa Allen-Agostini s Tiniest Tabanca
was read by her daughter, budding
writer Ishara Agostini. Hosein said
Allen-Agostini, founder of The Allen
Prize for Young Writers, had been
instrumental in the sustenance of poetry
Shivana Singh read Good Girl and
thanked Obe for her inspiration.
Jamaican poet Neila Ebanks read her
steamy In Honour and Supplication,
before Kavita Vidya Ganness s emo-
tional reading of her short story about
non-consensual sex, No Lipstick for
Me. Ganness said every woman should
make the time to nurture and release
the voice inside.
Lisa Marie Brown treated the audi-
ence to her very hot Breakfast; Rachael
Collymore, founder of the Poetic Vibes
Arts Foundation read her tender La
Femme; Paula Obe, without her cus-
tomary guitar, performed Wanting You,
and Carol Hosein read her naughty
When Hosein opened the mic for
comments, a young audience member,
Zelica, shyly recited her poem, Black
Obe thanked the contributors and
all who helped and supported them in
producing She Sex.
She Sex is available at Paper Based
book store at the Normandie Hotel in
St Ann s.
From left, back row: Gilberte, Rachael Collymore, Shivana Singh, Atiya,
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné. Front row: Kavita Ganess, Patrice Charles, Paula
Obe, Carol Hosein and Marsha Gomes-McKie at the launch of She Sex. The
book, which deals with Caribbean women's sexuality, was launched at the
Nalis AV Room in Port-of-Spain on November 14.
Mesh is the
acronym for the com-
bined talents of the
Malick Folk Perform-
ing Company, Exodus
Steel Orchestra and
Signal Hill Alumni
Choir. The three cul-
tural groups will be
presenting Come All
Ye Faithful II at
Queen s Hall, St Ann s,
on November 22-24,
with two shows sched-
uled for November 24,
a matinee at 3 pm and
All recipients of T&T
National Awards, each
organisation has been
in existence for more
than 30 years and all
have represented T&T
at festivals locally,
regionally and interna-
Come All Ye Faithful
II will feature dance,
voice and steelpan
music. It promises to be
just as enjoyable as last
year s which received
rave reviews from those
The rationale for the
name Come All Ye
Faithful is an invitation
to all faithful supporters
of the performing arts,
and it is relevant to the
Christmas season and
the carol O Come All
Ye Faithful. According
to the producers, the
second half of the pro-
gramme will focus sole-
ly on Christmas.
The people behind
this ambitious produc-
tion are all well-known
for their outstanding
work in the sphere of
culture, and include
founder and artistic
director of Malick Folk
manager of Republic
Bank Exodus; and, John
Arnold, founder and
artistic and musical
director of Signal Hill
Tickets are available
at Cleve s, Frederick
Street; Crosby s, St
James; Food Masters,
Savers, Tobago; and,
Queen s Hall box office.
She Sex exposes women's sensuous side
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