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Although “much of the verse of that period is politically powerful, but artistic junk,” he praises the work of Jamaican poets George Campbell and M. G. Smith and the novelist Roger Mais. Perhaps because he was writing for a Jamaican audience, he does not mention their Trinidadian contemporaries, Alfred Mendes and C. L. R. 80 In his judgment, however, the full maturity of West Indian literature came in “the late forties,” which “saw the appearance of the ﬁrst true West Indian writers and artists.
Once that possibility is admitted, however, it may be “falsiﬁed in an aesthetically aggressive style,” swerving all the way to “the opposite course . . ’” There is a “tradition complex” among “those who think of Western Literature as white writing, or white thinking, and those who think that there should be some distinctive style in our writers. ” 79 In “West Indian Writing,” Walcott gave his own sketch of the regional literary tradition. ” Although “much of the verse of that period is politically powerful, but artistic junk,” he praises the work of Jamaican poets George Campbell and M.
A diary from that year, preserved in the UWI archive, shows his anxious state at the time: entries juxtapose exasperation with the ideology of the revolt, selfreproaches for excessive drinking and quarreling with Margaret, and frustrations concerning the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. The Revolution and the Workshop were not entirely separate realms. Slade Hopkinson not only joined the Black Power movement, he led an attack on Walcott’s leadership at a Workshop meeting and eventually left the company.