Kei Miller is the latest subject of the Nothing But The Poem podcast. Kei Miller is a Forward Prize-winning Jamaican poet; a prolific author who has published 5 collections of poetry as well as many books of fiction and essays. Our regular podcast host Sam Tongue takes a deep dive into two of his poems, which were discussed at the online monthly meet-up of the Nothing But The Poem group.
Jamaica Gleaner wrote: “Kei Miller is a poet who tells his stories in the haunting voices of Jamaica’s underprivileged. His tales are stories that haven’t been told; they call out from the pages to be heard by Caribbean readers and by the wider world.”
In the PN Review, John Robert Lee wrote: “His prose – fiction and non-fiction – and his poetry… do not avoid the murky ‘corners’ of life in Jamaica, racism in the UK and wider world, personal encounters with religion and gender issues. In navigating ‘away from’ and through our contemporary world, he is redrawing our literary maps.”
The two poems discussed in this podcast are Book of Genesis and Speaking in tongues. Both poems are from the 2007 collection, There Is an Anger that Moves, and both poems can also be found on the Poetry Archive website read by Kei Miller himself.