Oh Witness Dey! by Shani Mootoo

Oh Witness Dey! by Shani Mootoo


Publication Date: March 26, 2024
6 x 8 inches
120 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN 9781771668767

Trade Paperback

Two-timer I am, infatuated 
With the country in which I love 
Yearning in corners, around bends 
For the one I grew up in 

Shani Mootoo’s great-great-grandparents were brought to Trinidad as indentured labourers by the British. There is no record of where they were from in India or whether it was kidnapping, trickery, or false promises of wealth that took them to the Caribbean.

In Oh Witness Dey! Mootoo expands the question of origins, from ancestry percentages and journey narratives, through memory, story, and lyric fragments. These vibrant poems transcend the tropes of colonial violence through saints and spices, rebellion and joy, to reimagine tensions and solidarities among various diasporas. They circumvent traditional conventions of style to find new routes toward understanding. They invite the reader to witness history, displacements and the legacies of our inheritance.


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Oh Witness Dey! by Shani Mootoo”

Your email address will not be published.

About the Author

Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and raised in Trinidad. Mootoo’s highly acclaimed writing includes the novels Polar VortexMoving Forward Sideways Like a CrabValmiki’s DaughterHe Drown She in the Sea, and Cereus Blooms at Night, as well as the poetry collections The Predicament of OrCane | Fire, and Oh Witness Dey! Her poetry has appeared in WasafiriPoetry Magazine, and Room Magazine. She has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa from Western University, is a recipient of Lambda Literary’s James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize, and the Writers’ Trust Engel Findley Award. She lives in Southern Ontario, Canada.