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Goldengrove: New and Selected Poems
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (104 pages)
(Pub. Aug 2006)
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We will crouch down then in a red earth
hollow, press our lips close to the heart
of this deep Cockpit Country and call out
please don't change or change if you must
just change slow. Old countryman riding
jackass, big woman watering the dry peas,
fat cow, and mawga dog, one-room dwelling
with intricate carved lace fretwork eaves.
Heaped yam hills, garlands of green vines,
cockades of bamboo on crown of the hillside.
Little bit of country village place or woodland
name of Content, Wire Fence, Stetin, Allsides,
far from domain of gunman and town strife.
Country we leave from to go and make life.
'Change If You Must Just Change Slow' by Lorna Goodison
Lorna Goodison's Goldengrove is a rich and varied selection of poems from Travelling Mercies (2001) and Controlling the Silver (2004), together with twenty new, previously unpublished, poems. This is a gathering from a poet at the height of her powers.
Moving seamlessly between standard English and the speech of her guinea woman grandmother, and between story and song, Goodison brings dignity to the everyday and grace to all our experiences.
Derek Walcott refers to Goodison's latest poems as 'a triumph of fusions' and asks, 'What is the rare quality that has gone out of poetry that these marvellous poems restore? Joy.'
I Come From a Land
On Leaving Goldengrove: A letter and seven notes...
Fall Away Iron Filings
Where I Come From
In Dreams of Shipwreck
The Selfishness of Salmon
Naming of Flowers
To the Buddha Go the Roses
Gates of Ivory, Gates of Horn
The Lion and the Gypsy Revisited
Silence Before Speech
Yet Once More I Will Shake
Rock of Ages
The Cruel Room
What Happened to Peter
Abraham and Isaac After
A Praise Song to Mandiba and the Camphor Trees of Vergelegen
from Travelling Mercies
Spending the Gold of Lovers
What We Carried That Carried Us
The Living Converter Woman of Green Island
Was It Legba She Met Outside the Coronation Market?
To the heirs of low bequests to harvest and glean...
For Love of Marpessa Dawn
Miles in Berlin
The Garden of St. Michael in the Sevel-Hilled City of Bamberg
I am weary of all winters mother
Invitations From Heathcliff
Poor Mrs. Lot
Over the Island of Salt
Song of the Scapegoat
To Absorb the Green
Medicine Bundle of a Blackfoot Woman
Her body became a containter for stars
Studio I: Brother Everald Brown
Studio II: Seymour L.
Studio III: Petrona Morrison
Studio IV: Barrington Watson
Cézanne After Émile Zola
Prises in Papine Market
Petition to the Magdalen
My Island Like a Swimming Turtle
Questions for Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Bam Chi Chi Lala
from Controlling the Silver
Ode to the Watchman
Our Ancestral Dwellings
The Wandering Jew and the Arab Merchant on the Island of Allspice
Passing the Grace Vessels of Calabash
So Who Was the Mother of Jamaican Art?
Jah the Baptist
Fool-Fool Rose is Leaving Labor-in-Vain Savannah
Rainstorm is Weeping: An Arawak Folk Tale Revisited
The Burden Bearer
Creation Story: Why Our Island is Shaped Like a Turtle
These Three Butterflies and One Bird We Interpret as Signs
Don C and the Goldman Posse
Where the Flora of Our Village Came From
By the Light of a Jamaican Moon
Lessons Learned from the Royal Primer
Hirfa of Egypt
What of Tuktoo the Little Eskimo?
Arctic, Antarctic, Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean
Louis Galdy of the World's Once Wickedest City
Black Like This?
The Wisdom of Cousin Fool-Fool Rose
In the Field of Broken Pots
But I May Be Reborn as Keke
Change If You Must Just Change Slow
The Yard Man: An Election Poem
Controlling the Silver
Your Ice Art, Michigan
Missing the Goat
The Crying Philosopher and the Laughing Philosopher
The Liberator Speaks
At the Keswick Museum
Bam Chi Chi La La: London, 1969
Apollo Double Bill
I Buy My Son a Reed
I Saw Charles Mingus
Awards won by Lorna Goodison Winner, 2019 The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry Winner, 2018 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for Poetry
Praise for Lorna Goodison 'A Caribbean and international great.'
Jeremy Poynting, Managing Editor of Peepal Tree Press, Guardian Best Books of 2017
'The collected works of the recently appointed Jamaican poet laureate is an endlessly moving and rewarding...Four decades of insight and honesty are gathered in some 600 pages of rich, often fabular verse' Financial Times on Collected Poems
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