Jamaican Poetry

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like… Continue reading Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

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Jamaican Poetry

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm… Continue reading Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Jamaican Poetry

Alone by Maya Angelou

Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone I came up with one thing And I don't believe I'm wrong That nobody, But nobody Can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here… Continue reading Alone by Maya Angelou

Jamaican Poetry

Woman Work by Maya Angelou

I've got the children to tend The clothes to mend The floor to mop The food to shop Then the chicken to fry The baby to dry I got company to feed The garden to weed I've got shirts to press The tots to dress The cane to be cut I gotta clean up this… Continue reading Woman Work by Maya Angelou

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Jamaican Poetry, Other Jamaican 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

Jamaican Articles

10 Tips for Maintaining the Discipline of Writing by Denise N. Fyffe

The Passion for Writing In 2014, I declared that I will bite the self-publishing bullet and publish at least one of my manuscripts each month. However, I did not publish not one self-published ebook or paperback in 2014, because I was dealing with an illness that would have me in surgery by year's end. But,… Continue reading 10 Tips for Maintaining the Discipline of Writing by Denise N. Fyffe

How to keep writing by denise n fyffe
Academic/Trade Books, Book Reviews and Features, Books by Denise Fyffe

Book Excerpt: How to Keep Writing by Denise N. Fyffe

Introduction to How to Keep Writing Where do you find the time to write so many books? I have heard this question asked by my peers so many times. The simple answer is that I make the time and I commit to the process. Since 2009, I committed fully to becoming a published author. Originally,… Continue reading Book Excerpt: How to Keep Writing by Denise N. Fyffe

Jamaican Poetry, Other Jamaican Writers

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

Jamaican Poetry, Other Jamaican Writers

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

Jamaican Poetry, Other Jamaican Writers

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