Martin Carter

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Birthday
7, 1927
Birthplace
Guyana
Death Date
Dec 13, 1997 (70)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
7, 1927
Birthplace
Guyana
Death Date
Dec 13, 1997 (70)

About

Guyanese poet who is widely considered one of the most significant Caribbean writers. His best-known works include Poems of Affinity and Poems of Resistance from British Guiana.

Before Fame

He joined the civil service and worked for the Post Office and the Prison Service.

Trivia

He took part in a month-long hunger strike while being detained by the British government.

Family Life

He grew up with six siblings in Georgetown, Guyana. He married Phyllis Howard in 1953 and subsequently fathered four children.

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During a "Live from Lincoln Center" jazz concert that was held in honor of victims of Hurricane Katrina, actor Danny Glover quoted some lines from Carter's poems.