Jamaica: Lorna Goodison reads from her work

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The Star reports that Jamaica’s first female poet laureate, Lorna Goodison, made her first official stop in parents’ home town, Hanover, at the parish library in Lucea, where she did a poetry reading from some of her literary works.

The highly acclaimed Goodison, whose parents were from Hanover, presented poetic works such as ‘The Guinea Woman’, ‘I am becoming my mother’, ‘My Will’, ‘To us all flowers are roses’, among others. She also read several of her short stories, including ‘How my mother got her name’, much to the delight of the audience. The attendees were spellbound for about an hour by her presentations, which were interspersed with two Quadrille dances by students of the Maryland All-Age School and a musical item by saxophonist Sheldon Gibson.

Director of special programmes at the National Library of Jamaica Abigail Henry told the gathering that the poet laureate programme, which is being administered by her organisation, was re-established in 2014 after being dormant for 61 years.

“The poet laureate is charged with stimulating a greater appreciation for Jamaican poetry, while aiming to develop mass appeal for poetry as an art and medium for developing and disseminating our cultural heritage,” she said. “He or she is charged with creating an avenue for public involvement in the spoken arts by stimulating the writing of poetry and improving youth appreciation for poetry,” she added. [. . .]

For full article, see http://jamaica-star.com/article/entertainment/20170718/poet-laureate-visits-lucea

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