Black Sand - Edward Baugh's Latest Collection of Poetry Launched
Representatives of the Department came out in their numbers, special mention was made of Sir Kenneth Hall, and Professor Roy Augier. In the audience Velma Pollard, Victor Chang, Karen Ford-Warner, Judith Hamilton, Genevieve Vassell, Monica Minott, Tanya Batson, Earl McKenzie, Erna Brodber, Norval Edwards, Schontal Moore and Paula-Ann Porter were among those who showed their support.
Professor Carolyn Cooper, a former student who studied at the feet of Professor Baugh, consoled the poet and scholar, who bemoaned writing too few poems (less than 100) thus far. She assured him that his giving of his life to teaching was indeed another form of poetry much appreciated by his many students. Tanya Shirley introduced Dr. Michael Bucknor, who introduced Professor Edward Baugh, the star of the evening.
Ambiance (Rosina Moder on recorder, Jeremy Ashbourne on piano along with Peter Ashbourne) presented stirring musical interludes. But it was the poem, "It Was The Singing", that first brought the audience into the world of Edward Baugh. It was the singing presented by Jean Small took us through music, sunshine, laughter, envy and, more laughter, especially his reminders of the “carry down artists” and “ingratitude” that face Jamaicans daily. Through his works Baugh shows a willingness to face death man to man, not shirking away but acknowledging that we as conscious beings can do so graciously, giving thanks for the days we have had.
The life of The narrator of the poem embodied by the dramatist Jean Small portrayed , a person that could be an aunt, mother, or cousin but certainly a rural Jamaican woman, whose simple life touched many. In his characterisation, Baugh took us and placed us in the song service, we sat in our pews acknowledging the traditional long-meter pastor, and a daughter that did her mother proud, “ and just like me and Gertie," on Sunday morning “we know we were people together.” Some of us were moved to tears.
Tenk You Sah.