Tag Archives: Panamanian-Westindian-Literature

Rapsodia Antillana: West Indian Panamanian Poetic Voices

Rapsodia Antillana: Selección Bilingüe de Poesía Afroantillana de Panamá. published May 2013 by the University of Panamá Press.

Rapsodia Antillana: Selección Bilingüe de Poesía Afroantillana de Panamá. published May 2013 by the University of Panamá Press.

“Rhapsody: epic poem or singer of epic poems. A literary work written in an exalted or impassioned style.” ……Webster’s dictionary

The heroic figure from Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus, and his painful but triumphant return to Ithaca, his home, was my inspiration for the title of our blog, Rapsodia Antillana.  Since we started the blog back in January of 2007, I have been somewhat consumed with attempting to convey my passion and my joy in expressing the spirit of my people, the Panamanian West Indians and their story. Continue reading

Toward a Better Understanding

The George W. L. Westerman Collection at the Arthur Schomburg Branch (in Harlem) of the New York Public Library.

In continuing our sojourn through the history of the English language press in Panama the editorial in The Panama Tribune of Sunday 28 July of 1946 merits a closer look. In this weekly newspaper, the only newspaper which published literary expressions by Westindians for Westindians in the history of the Panamanian community, we saw reflected in its pages the historic turn of events that were shaping the lives of the Westindian community. Continue reading