Evan X Hyde’s About Poems featured in World Record

Evan X Hyde

Evan X Hyde

One of Evan X Hyde’s earliest poems, About Poems, is being featured in a global anthology called The World Record, which the producers describe as an international anthology of work by poets from all the countries taking part in the 2012 London Olympics.

The poem is one of two poems featured in a BBC online article today by the news organization’s arts editor, Will Gompertz, voted one of the world’s top 50 creative thinkers by the New York-based Creativity Magazine.

“I read this poem and liked it and thought you might like it too. It’s by Evan X Hyde from Belize and is called About Poems,” said Gompertz, before sharing the full text of Hyde’s 1970s work.

Hyde, Amandala’s publisher, said that the authors had called him to get permission to include his poem in their publication.

Gompertz notes that, “The book [World Record] features the work of approximately 200 poets from around the world, most of whom are taking part in Poetry Parnassus [the largest poetry festival in the UK and a gathering of poets and spoken-word artists] at the South Bank Centre: an event the organisation describes in language more hyperbolic than poetic, as ‘the biggest gathering of poets in world history.’” The event runs from June 26 to July 1.

X Hyde, who is not attending the event, is humble about the inclusion of his poem in the compilation, as well as the BBC reference to his work, which is over 40 years old.

The BBC editor also highlighted a second poem, Bitter as Fruit, by Ana Paula Tavares from Angola.

About poems

Will Gompertz, Arts editor

(BBC) Thurs. June 28, 2012

I read this poem and liked it and thought you might like it too. It’s by Evan X Hyde from Belize and is called About Poems:

We didn’t know
no better
we was small
we was slaves
so they said
we they said
will teach you
about poems
poems is like this
trees by Joyce Kilmer
God can make a tree
poems by a fool like me
poems is like this
they have to rhyme
in every line
and every time
poems must be nice
so we tried to write poems
while we was still small
and was slaves
and we was slaves
and they said good, that’s poems
but after we get big
and fight for freedom
and write
the way we feel
hunger in the eyelashes
of our eyes
and hatred give us fever
they said NO
those is not poems
they is hatred
they is violence
they is not nice
neither proper
nor correct
most uncourteous
so we said all right
it’s not poems
it’s AMANDALA
AMANDALA they said
what’s that?
and we said
it’s what we call poems by men like me
God can still make a tree

The poem is part of a compilation published by Bloodaxe called World Record. The book features the work of approximately 200 poets from around the world, most of whom are taking part in Poetry Parnassus at the South Bank Centre: an event the organisation describes in language more hyperbolic than poetic, as “the biggest gathering of poets in world history”. It has just started and runs until 1 July.Hits:11438







About KREM
The idea for the KREM Radio station originated in early 1979 while Rufus X and I were visiting New Orleans. There was a New Orleans deejay I liked, by the name of Sister Love, and one day Rufus and his cousin, Sam Wiley, who was our host, showed me the building where the radio station which featured Sister Love was located. It was quite a modest, one flat structure, much smaller than the three story Albert Cattouse Building from where the Belize government monopoly station – Radio Belize – was broadcasting.

4 Comments on Evan X Hyde’s About Poems featured in World Record

  1. belizeaninasia // July 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm // Reply

    Wow! I like it!!

  2. All my years in school they never introduced us to it. Wow what a crying shame.

  3. Dorothy R. Weiner (Vernon) // July 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm // Reply

    Beautiful, brilliant piece of work Evan! I remember your brilliance while working “summer school” hours at the P.O. while your dad was the P.M.G. You may not remember me, but I do you, and am so very proud of reading about many of the things you stand for. Congratulations!
    “Ms Vernon”, back then

  4. always the best poet ever and publisher.

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