Controlling the Silver

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University of Illinois Press, Oct 1, 2010 - Poetry - 120 pages
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Renowned poet Lorna Goodison has written a new collection of elegies and praise songs which explore the close link between history and genealogy in the Caribbean experience. Her subjects range from the economic genius of market women to the complex beauty of the natural world.
 

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Contents

Island Aubade
Over the Guinea Grass Piece
Dear Cousin
i
Excavating
7
Ode to the Watchman
8
Our Ancestral Dwellings
10
Recalling the Fourteen Hour Drive from Kingston to Lucea 1952
11
The Wandering Jew and the Arab Merchant on th Island of Allspice
12
What the Witnesses Saw When They Entered the Balm Yard
50
This River Named by Our GreatGrandfather
51
River Mumma
53
The River Mumma Wants Out
54
The Wisdom of Cousin FoolFool Rose
55
In the Field of Broken Pots
58
But I May Be Reborn As Keke
59
At Harmony Hall We Buy an Egyptian Blue Cecil Baugh Mug
60

Passing the Grace Vessels of Calabash
14
So Who Was the Mother of Jamaican Art?
15
Jah The Baptist
16
Poison Crab
17
Let Us Now Praise Famous Women
18
FoolFool Rose is Leaving LaborinVain Savannah
19
An Arawak Folk Tale Revisited
20
Aunt Alberta
21
Aunt Rose
22
The Burden Bearer
23
Travelling with Photographs of Our Generations Flanking St Christopher on the Dashboard
24
Hosay
25
Why Our Island is Shaped Like a Turtle
26
These Three Butterflies and One Bird We Interpret As Signs
28
The Geovangelist
31
Don C and the Goldman Posse
33
Back To Where We Come From
34
O Priates Yes They Rob I
35
Tombstones
37
Where the Flora of Our Village Came from
39
By the Light of a Jamaican Moon
40
Lessons Learned from the Royal Primer
41
Hirfa of Egypt
42
What of Tuktoo the Little Eskimo?
43
Arctic Antarctic Atlantic Pacific Indian Ocean
44
Louis Galdy of the Worlds Once Wickedest City
45
Remittance Man
46
Black Like This?
47
Pleasant Sunday Evenings
48
Passing the Empty Playground
49
Change If You Must Just Change Slow
61
All the Way to Kingston We Recall Urban Legends
62
Whatever Became of MaMud?
63
An Election Poem
64
Controlling the Silver
65
Old Blue Nun
69
Making Life
70
Your Ice Art Michigan
72
Broadview
73
Missing the Goat
74
Spirit Catcher
75
The Crying Philosopher and the Laughing Philosopher
76
All Souls Day
77
Hard Food
78
Breadfruit Thoughts
79
Rites
80
Carnevale
81
Aunt Ann
83
The Liberator Speaks
84
Palm Roses
86
At the Keswick Museum
87
London 1969
89
Half Moon Bay
90
Arriving at the Airport Once Called Idlewild
91
Apollo Double Bill
92
Guernica
94
I Buy My Son A Reed
96
I Saw Charles Mingus
97
A Simple Apology
98
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Lorna Goodison is an associate professor of English at the University of Michigan. Her work appears in the new Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, and her honors include the Musgrave Gold Medal from the Institute of Jamaica and the prestigious Henry Russel Award from the University of Michigan. Her previous books include To Us, All Flowers are Roses, Turn Thanks, and Travelling Mercies.
 

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