Caribbean poet and academic known for a 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize-winning collection entitled Born to Slow Horses. His scholarly works include History of the Voice and Afternoon of the Status Crow.
He studied at Harrison College, Pembroke College, and Cambridge University and later co-founded the Caribbean Artists Movement.
He began teaching in the Comparative Literature Department at New York University in 1992.
He married his first wife, Doris Monica Wellcome, in 1960; later, he wed Beverley Reid.
He and Canadian author Alden Nowlan were both recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships.