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Windrush Songs

by James Berry
£7.95   paperback  Bloodaxe Books (2007)

Windrush Songs by James Berry These poems gives voice to the people who came on the first ships from the Caribbean, whose journeys held strange echoes of earlier sea voyages which had brought ancestors from Africa to the slave plantations. James Berry – from Jamaica – was one of these emigrants, settling in Britain in 1948. His new book explores the different reasons his fellow travellers had for leaving the Caribbean when they rushed to get on the boat. The poems also look back on slavery and individual experiences of hardship and trying to make a living: ‘Mi one milkin cow just die! / Gone, gone – and leave me / Like hurricane disaster!’
 
Windrush Songs ranges from from lyrical pictures of Caribbean country life to poems in the voices of travellers with desires, fears, anxieties, hopes and ambitions. James Berry came to Britain on the next ship after the Windrush and shared many of the experiences that prompted this migration in search of change and a better life. James Berry’s Windrush Songs is published in 2007, the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery as well as his 70th birthday year.

ISBN 13: 9781852247706 | ISBN 10: 1852247703