Summer One/1 / glenroy aaron & joanne hillhouse

“Summer One” by Glenroy Aaron

Summer 1

“Real men plant trees”
And boys make wheelies on winding country streets
And girls with plastic buckets search mango groves
For Kidneys
And families beeline for the beach
And she herds goats as they bleat
And this winding summer day
Is one to keep

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About the collaboration: Antiguan and Barbudan artist Glenroy Aaron’s ‘Summer One’ was painted in direct response to Antigua and Barbudan author Joanne C. Hillhouse’s poem ‘Summer 1’ after Hillhouse penned a poem—included in the 2013 She Sex anthology out of Trinidad and Tobago—in response to one of Aaron’s paintings. This notion of art inspiring art appealed to them both. Summer 1 was a December 2013 poem of the week in online international journal The Missing Slate; this is the first time it is being posted with the painting it inspired and the first showing of this new piece of art.
 
 
About the artist: Antiguan and Barbudan artist Glenroy Aaron has always had a passion for anything artistic. Drawings and doodling captivated him in his childhood years and this love of the arts was nurtured in primary and secondary school and later honed under teachers in the Cambridge art programme at the Antigua State College. Upon leaving school he continued with his passion, branching into oils, which is currently his primary medium. He strives to capture the beauty in nature and human emotion. His subjects vary as his style evolves, as influences around him change.
 
 
About the writer: Joanne C. Hillhouse is the Antiguan and Barbudan author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Fish Outta Water, and Oh Gad! Her fiction, non fiction and poetry have been published in various journals and anthologies. Her teen/young adult novel Musical Youth—second placed for the inaugural Burt Award in 2014—is forthcoming. Passionate about the literary arts, Joanne also runs the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize programme to motivate and showcase Antiguan and Barbudan creative expression, especially among young people, and especially in the literary and visual arts. She is the editor of this special Antigua and Barbuda issue of tongues of the ocean.

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