June 12, 2013

Caribbean-inspired poetry

Earth Magic
by Dionne Brand

The sights and sounds of Trinidad come to life in this vibrant collection of poems. Brand's rhymes, free verse, chants and skipping songs capture life in all its wonder and mystery. Collage illustrations by Eugenie Fernandes reveal connections between nature and people.

Here's an excerpt from Earth Magic:


Take the clothes to the river
beat them on the stones
Sing some songs to the river
praise its deep green face
But don't go where the river meets sea
there's a fight going on.
The fight is blue and green and gold,
the current is strong and foamy
'Cause river wants to go to sea
but sea won't be her boat.

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