"Intermingling an erudite but folksy persona with a metrics that suggests 17th-century England, McMorris sifts and often lush, deceptively whole Caribbean landscape for the traces of a harsh English colonial past. . . . From all of these poems emerges a poetic voice that is at once deeply engaged in with an English poetic tradition, but not afraid to, through the tactics of postmodernism, to trouble the terms of its extended contract."
"Questions about race, nation, and language have long been central to McMorris's work. And of all his published writings, none addresses these key questions with the unsettling power and clarity of his newest book, The Blaze of the Poui. As a collection of poems, The Blaze of the Poui pours a startling array of voices into an ongoing investigation of eros and exploration in the European and african settlement of the New World. . . . McMorris understands the erotic vibrancy and decay of language and identity as well as any contemporary writer; and he explores it with growing power and profundity in his poetry."
"McMorris is a poet utterly devoted to the sensual beauty of language and he crafts lines dense and strong enough to bear the crashing forces of history and identity contained within them. McMorris brings many literary histories to his work: Caribbean, European, and American poetries all meet here. . . . When McMorris brings language, longing, and the physical world together, allowing diverse contemporary voices to rise up and carry his poems, his work is wrenching, lovely, and powerfully seductive."
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