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    Thomas Godfrey The Invitation Poem

    DAMON. Haste! Sylvia! haste, my charming Maid! Let’s leave these fashionable toys; Let’s seek the shelter of some shade, And revel in ne’er fading joys. See spring in liv’ry gay appears, And winter’s chilly blasts are fled; Each grove its leafy honours rears, And meads their lovely verdure spread!

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    Dithyrambic on Wine | Godfrey Thomas

    Godfrey’s The Court of Fancy (1762) was the first, and most pronounced, American use of Chaucerian work (in this case Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Parlement of Foules; circa 1378–1381) that broke free of traditional eighteenth-century verse. Included in Juvenile Poems on Various Subjects, it emphasized collegiality, which was a testament to Godfrey’s appreciation of the circle of artists he had befriended in Philadelphia. This theme is evident in his drinking song, “Dithyrambic on Wine”: Come! Let Mirth our hours employ, The jolly God inspires; The rosy juice our bosom fires, And tunes our souls to joy. -Godfrey, Thomas (playwright)

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    Godfrey Thomas Playwright of The Week

    Son of Thomas Godfrey (1704–1749), a Philadelphia glazier and member of Benjamin Franklin’s Junto Club, Godfrey produced some significant work in his short life. Well known in literary circles in Philadelphia, he was a close friend of the poet Nathaniel Evans and the college provost William Smith. In 1758 he left Philadelphia for Wilmington, North Carolina, to enter business.

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    Derek Walcott Poetry: A Far Cry from Africa

     A Far Cry From Africa By Derek Walcott, Nobel Literature Laureate, Saint Lucia, West Indies. A wind is ruffling the tawny pelt Of Africa, Kikuyu, quick as flies, Batten upon the bloodstreams of the veldt. Corpses are scattered through a paradise. Only the worm, colonel of carrion, cries: ’Waste no compassion on these separate dead!’ Statistics justify and scholars seize The salients of colonial policy. What is that to the white child hacked in bed? To savages, expendable as Jews?

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    The Birth of The Alfred Fagon Award

    The circumstances  concerning Alfred Fagon’s death was quite contestable since most people wasn’t quite sure based on the information posted online regarding his death, required some further explanation. On the 29th August 1986  Alfred Fagon experienced a fatal heart attack while jogging home. The police at the time proclaimed that they  were not able to locate any identifiable documents on him, as a result he was given a pauper’s funeral. When he did not turn up for a meeting at the BBC they contacted his agent Harriet Cruickshank who eventually discovered what had happened to him. Alfred Fagon’s friends and family decided to set up an award in his name, to celebrate…

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    MA’s Playhouse Profile of the Week in The West Indian Newspaper

    “It is seldom that one finds a young person that is talented, well-spoken and thrive on challenges. Antonevia Ocho-Coultes is the founder and Artistic Director of MA’s Playhouse, New York.  A company that is committed to bringing the cultures of the Caribbean to a wider audience in the North America.” “MA’s Playhouse aims to showcase the voice of the Caribbean, its playwrights, actors, and poets. The company has been doing really well so far. It’s first  performance ‘Nostalgia, Memories of a Tropical Past’ was a sold-out affair and the public demanded more. According to Antonevia the performance was, about people coming ad talking about growing up in the Caribbean and there…