“We want to look forward. We want to look at you.” A new year is a chance to reflect on the changes we face and the changes we need. And as we settle into the new year that is 2022, there’s never been a more necessary time to reflect on what the future may bring.
So the NGC Bocas Lit Fest has brought together five of Trinidad and Tobago’s most talented spoken word poets — Derron Sandy, Dominique Friday, Kyle Hernandez, Gabrielle Murray, and Kleon McPherson — for a special edition of the ongoing Pavement Poets series, to share their hopes, concerns, and inspirations for 2022, from the miracle of a newborn daughter to going “back to basics.” The video, directed by Elechi Todd, will premiere on Sunday 9 January at 6 pm on the Bocas YouTube and Facebook platforms.
Filmed in locations across both Trinidad and Tobago, the five poets’ performances bring together diverse voices and viewpoints, ranging from the pleading to the playful. They share a focus on making 2022 “a year of change,” a theme that will run through NGC Bocas Lit Fest programming in the coming months.