Cornel Bogle

June 8, 1979

I use to work a place where I cut news clippings
till one day I left my scissors and reach for a blade
next ting I know is blood all over,
so I start write letters to the editor instead.

June 20, 1980 

Me see you gone all the way out there to
the kiss-me-arse Wess — tek train, tek canoe
tek plane and walk pon foot
spread yuhself cross white man country
like a hand o’ banana.

Cornel Bogle was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and is a PhD student in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He is currently working on his first collection of poetry, “As Man,” which explores the relationship between Austin Clarke and Sam Selvon, and the letters they exchanged with each other over the course of careers.