Kendel Hippolyte

(Castries)

Biography of Kendel Hippolyte

Kendel Hippolyte (born 1952) is an award-winning St Lucian poet and playwright.

Kendel Hippolyte was born in Castries, the capital of St Lucia, and was educated at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He worked as a teacher at St Mary's College in Vigie, Castries, and the Sir Arthur Lewis College at the Morne. He is actively involved as a playwright and director with the Lighthouse Theatre Company, of which he was a co-founder.

He has written eight plays. His best known, Drum-maker, uses idiomatic Caribbean language to explore the indigenous local culture in a political context. He has published several collections of verse, characterized by its modernist free style. He is also the editor of the anthologies Confluence: Nine Saint Lucian Poets (1988) and So Much Poetry in We People (1990).

In 2000, he was awarded the St. Lucia Medal of Merit (Gold) for Contribution to the Arts. He was awarded the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in 2013 for his 2012 poetry collection Fault Lines.

He is married to poet Jane King.

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Creation

For days, weeks at a time, i lose whatever it is
which keeps my senses softened to the sentience of the earth,
to hillside grass running lightly before a silver wind
or a far slope rippling like a muscled shoulder
or how the gradine, faceted pebbles under me will rasp
as i ease in closer, resting my back
against the rough-skinned body of a gliricidia.

All this can suddenly go without a hint

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