Xaymaca, Part Four

We roadtripped home from Calabash with Kei’s friend, the poet Tanya Shirley. Tanya did her MFA at the U of Maryland and we chatted up MFA programs in the States while making ample amounts of witty and crass jokes, especially concerning the legendary Virtuous Vagina. We stumbled upon a late day funeral, an image that Read More …

Xaymaca, Part Three

Once Kei returned from the UK the afternoon of my second day, we began the search for a car to drive to St. Elizabeth and the Calabash International Lit Festival. Thus began a long Friday evening where we eventually wound up at the Miller family house with a beautiful night-time-ridge-top view of Kingston. And we Read More …

Xaymaca, Part One

I arrived in Jamaica the evening of Thursday, May 24th. My first observation happened in the Air Jamaica “lines” at JFK. I use “lines” loosely as the concept just didn’t seem to apply. Every time I tried to join a “line”, someone would appear next to me and then try to get past me without Read More …