Reframing the Landscape
This chapter explores some of the ways in which Grace Nichols’s descriptions of English countryside are linked to Caribbean references or terminology, a connection made explicit in her poem “Hurricane Hits England”. Nichols’s affection for the English countryside is increasingly evident in her later work, and especially in the collection Picasso, I Want My Face Back (2010). Here, she closely examines parts of Britain’s countryside, including views as she travels on trains, evoking (as does Walcott) other English poets. Nichols finds much of comfort in the countryside of Britain, and, as with the poem “Hurricane…”, she increasingly celebrates the topography of her countryside home, including in Sussex, where she has lived since her arrival in England in the 1970s.