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c.1967 - Sweet potato n' callaloo

Dorothea Smartt


c.1967 - Sweet potato n' callaloo

Dorothea Smartt


c.1967 - Sweet potato n' callaloo

c.1967 - sweet potato n' callaloo

After Parkes Drugstores came
Timothy Whites and now
by Boots, on the corner
of Electric Avenue,
they're selling soul food.

Strange at first, but
slowly came a liking for
Jamaica's patties.
Opened the way to foreign roots
formed into 'Back Home Foods'
eddoes and ackees
sweet potatoes and callaloo.

Faces reach from scarves,
head-tied against the cold.
In days ahead, bustling
for cow-feet and pig-tail,
the women offer open bags
for warmer foods to tumble into.


from Connecting Medium (Peepal Tree Press, 2001) copyright © Dorothea Smartt 2001, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

Recordings

Dorothea Smartt reading from her Poems

1Mother Music

2Generations Dreaming I

3Generations Dreaming II

4Craving

5Five Strands of Hair

6Black Girl Shuffle

7Forget

8Home

9Milkdreams Ghost

10Connecting Medium I

11Connecting Medium II

12Gambian Sting

13c.1950 – Bubble n’ Squeak

14c. 1967 – Sweet Potato n’ Callaloo

15I’m In The Market For Hair

16Ruby Lips

17Shipshape & Lancaster-Fashion

18Bringing It All Back Home

19Samboo’s Elegy: No Rhyme Or Reason

2099 Names of Samboo

21Lancaster Keys: The Brew Room

22Shake my Future

23Pissed Off

24A Sense of Denial

25After Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, “Gaia breaks up with Humanity, her young lover”

Books & cds by Dorothea Smartt