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For Jorel


That night she watch the door,
she watch she watch she watch
the hours of the door, her foot blinking
like a eye on the floor;

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My Soul Has Holes in It


The fundamentalist church of my childhood was like an abusive parent – a manipulative, anxious, delusional parent. Interestingly, research has shown that abusive parents were in many cases, victims themselves.

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What Rohan Bullkin Taught Me About Reading


At times, I wondered whether Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows is one story or two – one about literacy and the other about ACEs. And yes, telling separate stories about these things is of course possible, as is recovery from trauma via other routes.

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The Allegorical Child: Sex and Sexuality in Caribbean Young Adult (YA) Fiction


A strange and unnecessary bashfulness prevailed in our literature. This was glaring when compared to the treatment of other themes, like politics, religion or colonialism. The absence of sex and sexuality in Caribbean literature reflected our actual lives in troubling ways – ways that did not take into consideration the wide-ranging experiences of young adults.

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The other BLM: Boys’ Lives Matter


Caribbean governments should stop overlooking the importance of creating enabling environments for the boy child. We need to identify at-risk boys and rescue them from the pervasive waves of hopelessness and pessimism in the region.

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ACEs: Dynamic Developmental Disruptors


For the child whose development has been impaired by past adverse experiences, its hyperacute defensive survival reactions take precedence. As a consequence, the child’s ability to integrate and utilise higher cortical functioning is compromised.

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How ACEs Science Saved My Life


I wanted to tell the judge that my mother and stepfather were alcoholics who used drugs and fought violently in front of me. He needed to know that I had stomach aches every day and I couldn’t concentrate on school because I had to be hypervigilant to protect myself from them.

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