“Children of the Ash” receives important global reviews

By Admin. Updated 2:26 p.m., Thursday, August 11, 2022, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

A new book by a geography teacher in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has received important reviews, locally, regionally and internationally.

The book – ‘Children of the Ash’ by Natasha Marks is a poetry collection, and it was launched on July 29, 2022, by House of Nehesi (HNP) publishers.

According to a release from the publishers, here are some of the notable reviews that the book has received so far:

Critical reviews are also driving interest in the 120-page poetry collection. The UK lecturer/researcher, Dr. Michael McMillan, calls Children of the Ash “An invaluable barometer of Vincentian society’s response to the volcanic eruption of the island’s mistress Soufrière in the 21st century.” 

McMillan goes further. He dares to make a holy grail connection for the poet, better known for her dystopian novelPlastered in Pretty, by pointing out that, “Marks achieves what [Shake] Keane did for the same [SVG society] in the late 20thcentury.”

The University of Belize lecturer, Ubaldimir Guerra, is more succinct: “N.C. Marks’ collection combusts to bear witness to ‘rape culture,’ suppression and landscape destruction, and unearth a horizon of truths and hypocrisies often buried by the rubble and violence of dominant media narratives, corruption, abuse, and neoliberal agendas.”

Children of the Ash is now available at Gaymes Book Centre in Kingstown. The book is also available at Amazon/SPDbooks https://bit.ly/3b8Pnd3.

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