Kumina Queen: A First Poetry Collection by Monica Minott

Who is the Kumina Queen, and where is she going? Is she heading back to her African home? The vibrant, colourful cover of this poetry collection very much reminds me of the work of a Jamaican artist friend, Rudi Patterson, who died some years ago – in particular, his painting of the swaying, swinging I Threes. I … More Kumina Queen: A First Poetry Collection by Monica Minott

Singing Redemption: Jamaica Day Part 1

Yesterday, by a strange but happy coincidence, I heard two versions of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” The first version was at a special Jamaica Day celebration on Friday, February 27 at the Abilities Foundation in Kingston. I was invited to be guest speaker; I read some Jamaican poetry. They especially enjoyed “Eve” by Mervyn Morris, … More Singing Redemption: Jamaica Day Part 1

A Poem for Hallowe’en: “All Souls’ Night” by William Butler Yeats

The Irish poet William Butler Yeats is really one of my treasured ones. Since tonight is Hallowe’en, I thought I would share with you his poem “All Souls’ Night,” where he sits alone with two glasses of wine, waiting for a ghost to come. It is mystical, strange and meditational, an Epilogue to a book … More A Poem for Hallowe’en: “All Souls’ Night” by William Butler Yeats

We Need Heroes: The Final Word On National Heroes Day

The last word on National Heroes Day comes from my friend and poet Michael Abrahams. Another gem of wit and sarcasm. My dear non-Jamaican friends, some of this may be completely incomprehensible to you! So I have translated parts of this poignant piece, as best I can – although it spoils the rhyming of course … More We Need Heroes: The Final Word On National Heroes Day