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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!’
ISBN 13: 9781852247706 | ISBN 10: 1852247703
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