[lit-ideas] Re: Sunday Poem

  • From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 11:25:33 -0700

People get about. The Caribbean, once a hell of Imperialism, mosquitos, slavery, sugar-cultivation, salt cod and death, is now of course the holiday-maker's playground. This week I read the opening of "A Small Place," and stopped because Jamaica Kincaid wanted to tell me how angry she is. I wasn't in the mood to listen. If I ever get to Antigua, I'll probably hear her.

The farthest I went yesterday was the birthday party of an amazingly beautiful lady from Jamaica, one which gave new meaning to the word "rapture"; two hundred people milled as if they were finally in the presence of a deity, chewing her jerk chicken and drinking her Red Stripe beer.

"Jerk" is a Quechua word for dried meat, hence "jerky." Quechua is the pre-Incan language of places in the south of South America, Peru for example.

I must go.

David Ritchie,
Portland, Oregon
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