(Morris, Mervyn) Mervyn Morris is the Poet Laureate of Jamaica, where he was born in 1937. He studied at the University College of the West Indies and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. In 1992 he was a UK Arts Council Visiting Writer-in-Residence at the South Bank Centre. His previous collections include The Pond, Shadowboxing, Examination Centre, and On Holy Week. He also edited The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories and published “Is English We Speaking” and other essays. In 2009, Morris was awarded the Order of Merit (Jamaica), which honored his distinguished contribution to West Indian Literature. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica, where he is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing & West Indian Literature. Peelin Orange (Carcanet Press Ltd.) assembles Morris’s poems into one definitive collection, which explore the everyday, the erotic, love and the melancholy and comedy of being. Often drawing upon Creole dialect, Morris explores his Jamaican heritage with trademark musicality. Each poem offers a pared-down shard of concentrated feeling and social observation.
Mervyn Morris se Powèt Loreya Jamayik, kote li te fèt an 1937. Li etidye nan University College of the West Indies ak nan St. Edmund Hall, nan Oxford. An 1992 li te Ekriven Envite Konsèy Dèza Angletè a nan South Bank Centre. Koleksyon li te pibliye anvan sa yo te gen paregzanp The Pond, Shadowboxing, Examination Centre, ak On Holy Week. Li te edite tou The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories epi pibliye “Is English We Speaking” ak lòt esè literè. An 2009, Morris te resevwa Lòd Merit (Jamayik), ki te onore kontribisyon distenge li nan Literati Karibeyen an. Li rete nan Kingston, Jamayik, kote li se Pwofesè Emerit Kreyasyon Literè ak Literati Karibeyen. Peelin Orange (Carcanet Press Ltd.) ransanble pwezi Morris yo nan yon koleksyon definitif, ki eksplore lavi toulejou, sansyalite, lanmou, melankoli ak komedi egzistans la. Morris tire souvan nan dyalèk kreyòl la pou eksplore eritaj jamayiken li an ki gen yon son mizik espesyal. Chak pwezi se yon ti mòso toutouni nan santiman konsantre ak obsèvasyon sosyal.