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Esther Phillips’ Two 2016 Awards

Esther Phillips’ poetry collection Leaving Atlantis has won two 2016 awards. It earned a gold award in the professional category of the NIFCA Literary Competition in Barbados, as well as the Governor General’s Award for Excellence. Leaving Atlantis is a suite of poems that explores the unstable territory between public and private. They are addressed to the Barbadian novelist and thinker, George Lamming. Peepal Tree Press describes the collection as “More than a portrait, fascinating and intimate as it is, of a public man; more than an exploration of the writing of the man for clues about what he might be thinking (and an acceptance of the ultimate mystery and unknowability of the intimate other), this is a suite of poems about the miracle of love, and how it may come at any time.”

Poet of the Month: Esther Phillips