Welcome to POUi XVIII.
Putting together this issue of POUi  has been both exhilarating and daunting.
We wanted a structure which would showcase the diversity and ingenuity of the works we’d selected and which would at the same time celebrate (albeit belatedly) George Lamming’s 90th birthday on June 8th 2017.
After some thought, we hit upon the idea of acknowledging Lamming’s immense contribution to West Indian literature and criticism by using some of the titles of his publications and conversations for this issue’s section headings. 
Lamming’s words, and those inspired by him, are applied here as thematic threads to suggest links that we hope will foreground the quiet daring, perplexing beauty and touching simplicity found in these selections. With the legacy of his words as a framing context, we look toward the possibilities offered by the creative spirit of contemporary writers. 
In a sense, Lamming’s texts act as the backbone of POUi XVIII.  They symbolically gesture to his seminal importance for us as Caribbean and global citizens, giving voice to our sense of identity, location and community through the imagination. 
As a nice congruity, we are pleased to have Ian McDonald as our featured writer for this issue.  Through his editorial work, McDonald has also helped to bring recognition to Caribbean literature, especially to its poetry. The Heinemann Book of Caribbean Poetry, for example (co-edited with Stewart Brown), is still a massively influential anthology twenty five years after its publication.
But it is McDonald’s own poems which form the centrepiece of this selection.  With George Lamming as the backbone, Ian McDonald as the heart, we present with them a cadre of writers whose exciting works make up the body of POUi XVIII
As always, we thank our contributors for making this issue possible and our editorial team for being part of the process. 
From the editors:
Nicola Hunte
Rob Leyshon

POUI, Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature
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