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Third World Girl
Date: 30th June, 2011
Publisher: BLOODAXE BOOKS
- Individual Poets
Jean 'Binta' Breeze was a popular Jamaican Dub poet and storyteller whose performances were so powerful she was 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 were included in two performances by Jean 'Binta' Breeze filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce at Leicester's Y Theatre available by scanning QR codes printed in the book, along with an interview with Jane Dowson.