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6 poems available

Not only rich music, an easy lyricism, but also grit, and earthy honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and clean. - Gwendolyn Brooks

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John Agard

B. 1949

4 poems available

His poems are direct and arresting, playful, full of startling imagery, and are hilarious, passionate and erotic as often as they are political - often managing to be all these things at once - Maura Dooley

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7 poems available

Poetry matters because it is a tool for helping us to discover who we are. As individuals, as Caribbean peoples, as citizens of the world. Olive Senior

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...the popular music of Jamaica, the music of the people, is an essentially experiential music... the music reflects the historical experience. - Linton Kwesi Johnson

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Writing that is full of remarkable, concentrated and pungent images - The Sunday Times

Poet

4 poems available

The poet's reading, like his words, is energetic and as alive as quicksilver - The Observer

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Rita Dove

B. 1952

4 poems available

I believe even 5-year-olds can get something from a Shakespearean sonnet...as long as you DON'T tell them, 'This is really hard.' - Rita Dove

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Langston Hughes

B. 1902 D. 1967

1 poem available

I, too, sing America. - 'I, Too', Langston Hughes

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Hard Nails - George Elliott Clarke
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The Killing - George Elliott Clarke
The Mighty Dead
On being brought from Africa to America - Phyllis Wheatley - Read by Mary Jo Salter
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My Friend Janine - Laurence Lerner
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