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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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Jamaica Poetry, Other 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

Jamaica Poetry, Other 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

Jamaica Poetry, Other 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

Jamaica Poetry, Other Writers

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

Jamaica Poetry

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

Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris
Jamaica Poetry, Other Writers

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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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his… Continue reading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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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