Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris courtesy of jis.gov.jm
Jamaica Poetry, Jamaican Writers

Professor Mervyn Morris named first Poet Laureate in 60 years

Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris has been named Jamaica's first Poet Laureate in 60 years. Morris, an eminent poet was named by the Tourism Minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill this morning. The title of Poet Laureate is a national honor that recognizes a distinguished Jamaican poet for his/her significant contribution to the literary community. It is expected… Continue reading Professor Mervyn Morris named first Poet Laureate in 60 years

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Jamaica Poetry, Other Writers

Jamaica and Calabash: The land of devoted offshore authors

Written by: Donna Bailey Nurse Kerry Young was thrilled when she received an invitation to read at the Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica late last month. After more than four decades living in Britain, she still calls Jamaica home. Pao, her first novel, inspired by her father, had been nominated for the 2012 Commonwealth Writers Prize.… Continue reading Jamaica and Calabash: The land of devoted offshore authors

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Jamaican Poetry: Mi god, what a heat

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, defy, Denise N. Fyffe Mi god, what a heat; Di temperature gaan up and mi can feel nuh breeze. Dis yah hurricane effect jus a linger sah, Mi days dem miserable an di night dem wussarah. Mi god, what a heat; Everytime six o’clock come me vex. Mi… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Mi god, what a heat

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Jamaican Poetry: Hurricane Gustav Storm (written in Jamaican Patois)

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2014, Poetess Denise N. Fyffe Oonu see it, Dem yah storm yah no sweet. Mi wrap up cozy inna mi bed, Nex ting mi knuh, Rain a fall inna mi head. Nuh sick it waan fi mek me sickly, But one dime me nuh have, Afta me nuh picknie;… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Hurricane Gustav Storm (written in Jamaican Patois)

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Jamaican Poetry: Is Jamaica due this?

  By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe Is Jamaica due this? Crime and violence, Is like saliva on our lips; Are we so jaded and blind in the eye That we have basked In the rays of corruption, all this time; Is Jamaica due this? The shootings and killings,… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Is Jamaica due this?

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Jamaican Poetry: Wat I Tink

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe I tink dis country should just stop; Take a breath An rally back Mi tink it just need fi collapse...again Just do somin drastic an reboot Before we corrupt every single atom in di cranium of we yutes; I tink dis worl fi… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Wat I Tink