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I am from the island of The Commonwealth of Dominica, in the West Indies,( not to be confused with The Dominican Republic). I presently reside in USA. I write poetry as well as short stories with a Caribbean flavor. Ma William is my last published work.

Background Information

I started writing poetry in the Third Form at The Saint Mary's Academy,(Catholic High School for boys)in Roseau, Dominica. I made contributions to the school's newspaper, The Marian Messenger.

I then started to venture beyond the school magazine and contributed poems and short stories to the local weekly newspapers and the local radio station. A lot of that early exposure was through the help of Dominica's noted writer Phyllis Shand-Allfrey, who at the time was the editor of The Star newspaper. A number of my poems and short stories were published by Mrs. Allfrey. Also giving help and guidance in those early days were Marcel "D'jamala" Fountaine, a former classmate, and Dominica's noted playwright, Alwin Bully, who was my English teacher at The Sixth Form College.

I come from a country rich with culture, filled with greenery and blessed by nature-influences strong enough to spur the literary minded into action. I hope I can only continue to add to what people like Jean Rhys, Phyllis Shand-Allfrey and others before me have started.

Birth Place
St. Joseph,  Commonwealth Dominica

I have published three books of poetry-
The Dawn in 1978, Words in the Quiet Moments in 1981,(both published in Dominica), and The Island Man Sings His Song published in the USA in May, 2001.In 2005 I released my first collection of short stories entitled, Mesye Kwik! KwaK! which looks at everyday life in the village of St.Joseph, Dominica, where I grew up and still call home. In August of 2011 I released Ma William and Her Circle of Friends, a fictional account of life in a Caribbean community as seen through the eyes of a shopkeeper and her trusted friends. The setting for this book is also St. Joseph.

Additional Information

I refer to my poetry as poetry with a difference from the pen of an island man. I do not deal with one specific aspect of poetry nor one style, but try to be diverse in how I approach my topics. The Caribbean is full of topics to write on and I see poetry in motion every day. The Island Man Sings His Song, my third book of poems, paints a picture that I see around me and I hope that I share that diversity with my readers. I supply links on this site where copies of the book can be purchased. This is a self-published venture so I make an effort to sell copies myself. I don't expect the bookstores to push sales for me. I know the occasional reader may be interested in getting a signed copy, and if you are one of those you can contact me for info as to how to go about doing that.

Favorite Links

My own artistic mosaic..

Geejay Arts And
My talent displayed..oil paintings, photography and of course my writings.

Ma William and Her Circle of Friends
Blog site about my literary and artwork.

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The Island Man Sings His Song
by Giftus John

The Island Man Sings His Song is a compilation of poems that express my perspective of life in my native island, Dominica as well as life throughout the Caibbean...  
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