A Poem for Hallowe’en: “All Souls’ Night” by William Butler Yeats


The Irish poet William Butler Yeats is really one of my treasured ones. Since tonight is Hallowe’en, I thought I would share with you his poem “All Souls’ Night,” where he sits alone with two glasses of wine, waiting for a ghost to come. It is mystical, strange and meditational, an Epilogue to a book … More A Poem for Hallowe’en: “All Souls’ Night” by William Butler Yeats

The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero; translated by Carolina De Robertis


On April 8, 2013, the Chilean authorities exhumed the body of the revered poet Pablo Neruda at his former seaside home in Isla Negra. Neruda died on September 23, 1973, just twelve days after the overthrow of Salvador Allende‘s socialist regime. Neruda was a close friend of Allende. Both his widow, before her death in … More The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero; translated by Carolina De Robertis

African Postman: Fifty Years of the African Writers Series


Yes, my African Postman series is back, after a rather long hiatus. And I am starting back with a topic dear to my heart. As a literature lover, I have always been very partial to African writers. My stack of novels on the floor of the bedroom (they are there by default) includes several from … More African Postman: Fifty Years of the African Writers Series

African Postman: The Dangerous Mix of Politics and Religion


I thought I would share with you an interesting article by Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian Nobel Prize-winning writer, who has been a good friend of Jamaica. He is currently the first African to be honored as the President’s Marymount Institute Professor in Residence at Loyola Marymount University in Maryland. Professor Soyinka has been politically active … More African Postman: The Dangerous Mix of Politics and Religion