The Arrival of Brighteye and Other Poems by Jean Breeze

The Arrival of Brighteye and Other Poems

Jean Breeze

A beautiful, rhythmic book capturing snapshot images of wide-eyed childhood through to sage experience. It reads like Carnival and sounds like Brixton Market. These are poems to be read aloud and passed around, stories to be shared over sweet potato and plaintain.

Extract


Brighteye, Faith and me
we get baptise same day
in de Holy Spirit
in de Holy sea
crass fram where de church stan
like a mountain on de plain
crass from de Police Station
where de sinners held in chains...

from Baptism

Parallels
  • I is a Long Memoried Woman by Grace Nichols
  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

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