Remembering Guyana’s iconic novelist, Edgar A. Mittelholzer

Edgar A. Mittelholzer – By Leonard Dabydeen

Mittelholzer

 

Born December 16, 1909 in New Amsterdam,Berbice, Guyana

Died May 5, 1965 in Farnham, United Kingdom

Celebrating the birth of Guyanese novelist, Edgar A. Mittelholzer 106 years ago.

REMEMBERING GUYANA’S ICONIC NOVELIST, EDGAR AUSTIN MITTELHOLZER

 

“ Why must I create and create

What Lerman Hydra with unresting mania

Impels my pen, compels my mind

To feed and feed and sate

Its many mouths – its all yearning bellies?”

 

(Ref: Beacons of Excellence: The Edgar Mittelholzer

 Memorial Lectures, Vol. 1 : 1967-1971)

[First Series, 1967 Edgar Mittelholzer – The Man and his work: Arthur James Seymour]

 

Not in any paradigm without shadows

Nor moon-gazing just looking at blue skies

He lets music in his mind echo

Like a flute through his writing bones

Always hearing the Corentyne Thunder

Even if it means a Morning at the Office

His pen did not abandon him

He could not leave the pen alone.

~ Leonard Dabydeen, Author: Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems (2012); Searching for You, A Collection of Tetractys& Fibonacci Poems (2015).

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