Mark McWatt (born 1947) is a Guyanese writer and educator.
Born in Guyana, McWatt studied at the University of Toronto and Leeds University, where he completed a Ph.D. He currently heads the English Department at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, Barbados.
McWatt has published two collections of poetry, the second of which, The Language of Eldorado (1994), was awarded the Guyana Prize. Suspended Sentences (2005), his first work of fiction, was the winner of a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2006.
- Interiors - 1989
- The Language of Eldorado — 1994
- Ana* Ol’ High
Anna is about a child that have the freedom to do anything she wanted to do.her dad saw her as an angel when she is asleep so he could write poems about her until she is awaken. She was seen as a wild animal as she leaps off the kitchen counters and was not seen as a nice girl who is surrounded by pretty flowers that her dad pictured her to be but as a wild animal.
- Suspended Sentences: Fictions of Atonement —
In the poem Ana, the poet, who happens to be Ana’s father has a mental image of his daughter as a quiet, obedient child. However, this image is only mental as is seen in stanzas 1-4. Within these stanzas we are presented with the real image of Ana. Instead of a quiet, obedient child, Ana is portrayed a”little monkey”. She demonstrates uncivilised behaviour that contrasts with the sweet image of an innocent child playing in the garden.Regardless of the fact that her father has given up the prospect of having an obedient child he stills considers or pictures Ana as such while she is asleep.
With the poets constitution of poetry descriptions a comparison is made as the world of literature is often contrasted with real life hence Ana’s boy like behaviours though the persona seemingly daydreams of an angelic like child. Ana’s father is a fool. She needed some good West-Indian discipline. (Licks)
- The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse — 2005 (edited with Stewart Brown)