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Colin Channer

Colin Channer was born in Jamaica and educated there and in New York. His many books include the novella The Girl with the Golden Shoes (Akashic, 2007) and the poetry collection Providential (Akashic, 2016). His writing has appeared, or will appear soon, in the New Yorker, AGNI, Conjunctions, the Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Common. He received the 2019 Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship from Brown University, where he teaches in the Department of Literary Arts.


Mostly Hamburg: ’72

December 3, 2020 | Poetry

Confusion is the foreigner’s advantage. Natives 
tamp the nuance in their sounds. Stranger 
seeking refuge pockets vowels, picks gesture,
learns body, gets caught up on the cobble