Like Jamaican proverbs, the poems from Jamaica captures the spontaneity of the expressions of our joy and sorrows, our ready, poignant and even wicked wit, our religion and philosophy of life. Many too are deep social commentary.
Arguably, the mother of Jamaican poetry, the late great Louise Bennett-Coverly,through her poems
in Jamaican patois, raised the dialect of the Jamaican folk to an art
level which became acceptable and appreciated by all in and outside of Jamaica.
Today, we have host of modern day Jamaican poets who are helping to preserve this rich cultural heritage. The list is long but two that stands out in my mind is the ever effervescent Joan Andrea Hutchinson and the radical Mutabaruka.
Needless to say that most of my favourite Jamaican poem are by the one and only Mama Lou.
Back to Africa
Noh Little Twang!
'All a dem nice', but my ultimate favourite is NOH LICKLE TWANG!
This poem bemoans the fact that a recent repatriate Jamaican returned from the United States without a trace of having been there--not even a little "twang"!