Engaging with a broad range of human experience and concerns, Redemption Rain invites the reader into its profound epiphanies through patient revisitation and introspection. Rahim's voice weaves the explosive power of her lively Trinidadian Creole with the searching intensity ... Read more
Engaging with a broad range of human experience and concerns, Redemption Rain invites the reader into its profound epiphanies through patient revisitation and introspection. Rahim's voice weaves the explosive power of her lively Trinidadian Creole with the searching intensity of one given to appreciating memory's redemptive light. This is a book about the necessary and the unexpected; about costly arrival in the sacred spaces of realization and recognition. Always the impulse is to praise. Hers is a voice that does not shrill but invests in the finer sensibilities of justice, beauty, love, and community to bring out her poetic truth.
Jennifer Rahim is the author of three volumes of poetry, Mothers Are Not the Only Linguists (1992), Between the Fence and the Forest (2002), and Approaching Sabbaths (2009), and a collection of short stories, Songster and Other Stories (2007). Approaching Sabbaths was awarded the 2010 Casa de las Américas Prize for best book in the category Caribbean Literature in English or Creole. Rahim is a senior lecturer in literature at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
"Rahim's ability to handle [profound subjects] is admirable and she writes with respect and an unflinching eye for the issues at hand. --Wasafiri
"Jennifer Rahim is a poet whose work allows us to feel the vastness and reach of the Caribbean. . . Her authority is rooted in her attentiveness, and her good mannerly humour emphasizes the unflinching honesty with which she engages the toughness and vulnerability of the world. " --Earl Lovelace
"Redemption Rain provides a tenderly perceptive yet penetratingly measured depiction of the contemplative's path on which spirituality, history, culture, and ecology congregate in unambiguous communal celebration. . . Here then is a poetry that speaks directly to our sense of human belonging, our recognition of smallness within vastness, our experiential encounters with love and loss. " --S Rose-Ann Walker, The University of Trinidad and Tobago