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Jamaica Poetry, Other Writers

Dutty Tough by Louise Bennett

Dutty Tough - by Louise Bennett Sun a shine but tings no bright; Doah pot a bwile, bickle no nuff; River flood but water scarce, yawl Rain a fall but dutty tough. Tings so bad dat nowadays when Yuh ask smaddy how dem do Dem fraid yuh tek it tell dem back, So dem no… Continue reading Dutty Tough by Louise Bennett

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Colonization in Reverse by Louise Bennett

Colonization in Reverse - by Louise Bennett "Wat a joyful news, Miss Mattie I feel like me heart gwine burs Jamaica people colonizin Englan in reverse. By de hundred, by de tousan From country and from town, By de ship-load, by de plane-load Jamaica is Englan boun. Dem a pour out a Jamaica Everybody future… Continue reading Colonization in Reverse by Louise Bennett

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Dry-Foot Bwoy by Louise Bennett

Dry-Foot Bwoy by Miss LouWha wrong wid Mary dry-foot bwoy?Dem gal got him fi mock,An when me meet him tarra nightDe bwoy gi me a shock!Me tell him seh him auntie anHim cousin dem sen howdyAn ask him how him getting awn.Him seh, 'Oh, jolley,jolleyl'Me start fi feel so sorry fiDe po bad-lucky soul,Me tink… Continue reading Dry-Foot Bwoy by Louise Bennett

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Kas Kas by Louise Bennett

By: Louise Bennett Yuh se me trial now mah? Dat marga gal winjy Want put me eena kas-kas An big lian story She sen come call me toder day An wen ah goh me chile De whole fambly gader roun me Like I was kerosene ile Dem sey smaddy tell miss Terry An she tell… Continue reading Kas Kas by Louise Bennett

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No Lickle Twang by Louise Bennett

By: Louise Bennett Coverley Me glad fi see yuh come back, bwoy, But lawd, yuh let me dung Me shame a yuh so till all a Me proudness drop a grung. Yuh mean yuh go dah Merica An spen six whole mont deh, An come back not a piece better Dan how yuh did go… Continue reading No Lickle Twang by Louise Bennett

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Jamaican Poetry: Royal Jamaica by Denise N. Fyffe

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2017, Denise N. Fyffe Royal empress so divine Arm outstretched like the grape vine Beauty radiant in the Caribbean sun Jamaica is royal, an empress That bids you to come; In scores and thousands Many traverse the great seas To see the hidden beauty which she keeps; They play on her… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Royal Jamaica by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: Frienemies by Denise N. Fyffe

I look you in the eye And hear you spew Those lies Hear you rip and rend Hear the falsehoods Of which, I can't defend Myself; You took me, and made me a friend Then took from me And became an enemy, again I reflect on this time How it would be so easy to… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Frienemies by Denise N. Fyffe

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Summer 2016 Musings #19 – From Sunroom to Sickroom

The last week has been brutal on my health. I am in the throes of a flu virus that is proving stubborn and unyielding. It started on Sunday, I woke up feeling as if a fat cow had sat on me all night. Every muscle hurt. Mind you I spent the week before painting the… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #19 – From Sunroom to Sickroom

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Summer 2016 Musings #18 – Ungrateful

All of us are guilty of one common sin, being ungrateful or not appreciating what we have. Go ahead deny it, you will then commit another sin, lying. I am not being judgmental. Too often we go around forgetting where we came from; walking around as if we exist alone in this world. We are… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #18 – Ungrateful

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Jamaican Poetry: Denying self

  By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, defy, Denise N. Fyffe I’ma just remind you that I’m still here Because you don’t see my words Doesn’t mean The words aren’t rattling here, In my mind I ain’t resigned They still linger They are still divine; They still clammer for the tip of my pen… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Denying self

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Jamaican Poetry : Attacking Ships

By: Poetess Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2010, Denise N.  Fyffe My life is being attacked My relationships are being attacked If you come next to me, You are going to be attacked; All that glitters turns to rust and not gold My enemies start to smile And my friends get cold; My eyes can’t be… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry : Attacking Ships

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Jamaican Poetry: Regret

I took for granted What I had, I lost it Now I want it back So bad; I doubted what existed What it could be Now, there is This perpetual longing, Living Inside of me; I embrace Very few regrets But I cling To the moment where... You left.   Copyright © 2014, Poetess Denise… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Regret

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Jamaican Poetry: Mama Portia and Dean

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe Dean met a woman he had never before seen, One wid a vision and a rising dream. He thought he would pay har a devastating trip; Taking his friends Chaos and Gusty Winds, Just for the fun of it. Mama Portia sey ‘God,… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Mama Portia and Dean

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Jamaican Poetry: Gustav Storm

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe Oonu see it, Dem yah storm yah no sweet. Mi wrap up cozy inna mi bed, Next ting mi knuh, Rain a fall inna mi head. Nuh sick it want to make me sickly, But one dime me nuh have, Afta me nuh… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Gustav Storm

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Jamaican Poetry: Dis Journalist Mad

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe Now tell mi if di journalist nuh mad, Fi go look pon 20 foot wave, A wash pon land. Afta yuh see sey one camera man almost drown, Yuh a try get shot of Palisadoes grung; Is anyting else damage? Is yuh car… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Dis Journalist Mad

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Jamaican Poetry: Hurricane, Little Boy Dean

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe Once there was a little boy Dean, Who grew to be quite mean; He thought, I am a Cat 4, I can test and blow down any door. He ran threw the Caribbean fast and hard, Creating devastation and ripping up yards. Little… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Hurricane, Little Boy Dean

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Jamaican Poetry: Who is Professor Mervyn Morris? Poet Laureate of Jamaica

His name may not cut a dash with the dancehall crowd, but on the local arts scene, poet/author Mervyn Morris enjoys as much adulation as deejays Beenie Man or Bounty Killer. Without the bling and controversy, of course. Morris, 72, was recently awarded the Order of Merit for 'distinguished contribution to the field of West… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Who is Professor Mervyn Morris? Poet Laureate of Jamaica

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Jamaican Poetry: Hurricane: Ivan, Di Terrible

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe Yuh nuh hear wah a gwaan, Yuh nuh see how it go Duwn; Yuh nuh hear sey Ivan visit Jamdown. All di likkle picknie dem a comb di roadside, Carry bucket pon dem head an kotch it pon dem side. Di isle yah… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Hurricane: Ivan, Di Terrible

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Jamaican Poetry: Hurricane Sandy (Dance Sandy dance)

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Denise N. Fyffe Hurricane Sandy blew very strong Kicked up her skirts Backed slapped Jamaica with her right hand; Sandy trampled across the Pedro Keys, tapping her heels as she sashayed across the Caribbean Sea; She whipped up the waves onto the Caribbean Terrace back streets, She moved… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Hurricane Sandy (Dance Sandy dance)

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Jamaican Poetry: Di man for me

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe As a Jamaican ooman I would like to think, There is a Jamaican man who nah go mek mi boat sink. Him will tek mi by di hand and lead di way, An won’t run from di danger, him lef mi fi face.… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Di man for me

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Jamaican Poetry: The Hurricane Outcome

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe You would not have expected this outcome, Mostly trees and shrubs lie on the ground. After the howling, hiss and shenanigans, One would have expected houses to fly, Like sailing divans. You would not have expected this outcome, Light poles and wires look… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: The Hurricane Outcome

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Jamaican Poetry: Jamaican Parent and Child

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe Me as a woman so strong and divine, Will tek care of my picknie, with love and time Me as a woman bold and free, I am ashamed, I don’t want my picknie doing manual work, Like me. Tough love I know, tough… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Jamaican Parent and Child

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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 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