Antonio Michael Downingis the author of Saga Boy. He grew up in southern Trinidad, northern Ontario, Brooklyn, and Kitchener. He is a musician, writer, and activist based in Toronto. His debut novel, Molasses, was published to critical acclaim.
Tracing the author’s journey from the tropical forests of Trinidad to the stark landscape of rural Canada—as well as that of his vibrant personal, musical metamorphosis—this is a poignant memoir of overcoming, belonging, and becoming one’s own self.
Winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, the poems of Worldly Things offer needed guidance on ways forward—toward radical kindness and a socially responsible poetics. “Let’s create folklore side-by-side,” he urges, asking us to aspire to a form of nurturing defined by tenderness, to a kind of community devoted to mutual prosperity. “All of us want,” after all, “our share of light, and just enough rainfall.”