A Reading of ‘Canefield’ by Shivanee Ramlochan

By Wasafiri Editor on August 9, 2022 in Poetry, Video

In this powerful video, Shivanee Ramlochan reads her poem ‘Canefield’. First published in Wasafiri 110: Afterlives of Indenture, the poem is a sorrowful exploration of pain and legacy, and a tribute to those whose stories remain untold.

Wasafiri 110: Afterlives of Indenture interrogates the lives and experiences of indentured workers, and the legacies that their communities still carry. It is now available for purchase or download.

Subtitles are included in the above video.

Shivanee Ramlochan also appears in Brave New Wordsan anthology of essays edited by Wasafiri‘s founder, Susheila Nasta.

Shivanee Ramlochan is a Trinidadian poet, essayist, and critic. Her debut collection, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press, 2017), was short-listed for the 2018 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her second book, a non-fiction narrative on Indo-Caribbean women’s disobedience, is forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2023.

Cover image by Cristian Viarisio posted at Flickr under a Creative Commons license.






Guest edited by Andil Gosine and Nalini Mohabir, Wasafiri 110: Afterlives of Indenture explores the legacy of indentured workers across the Indo-Caribbean, and the diasporic experience. With fiction from Ingrid Persuad and Stephen Narain, a conversation between Richard Fung and Ramabai Espinet, life writing from Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, and more, Wasafiri 110 is testament to the legacy that indentureship leaves, and the ways in which affected communities process and reclaim their histories.