by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze - £12.00 Bloodaxe Books Ltd (2011)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781852249106 | ISBN 10: 1852249102
Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze is a popular Jamaican Dub poet and storyteller whose performances are so powerful she has been called a ‘one-woman festival’. Her poems are Caribbean songs of innocence and experience, of love and conflict. They use personal stories and historical narratives to explore social injustice and the psychological dimensions of black women’s experience. Striking evocations of childhood in the hills of Jamaica give way to explorations of the perils and delights of growth and change – through sex, emigration, motherhood and age.
Introduced by renowned critic Colin MacCabe, the book brings together new poems with poetry and reggae chants from four previous collections: Riddym Ravings, Spring Cleaning, On the Edge of an Island and The Arrival of Brighteye. Many of the poems are included on the accompanying DVD featuring two Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze performances filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce at Leicester’s Y Theatre, plus an interview with Jane Dowson.
(Price & availability last checked: March 2019)