The Verandah Poems is both a departure and a return for Jean 'Binta' Breeze, who left her village in Jamaica to become an internationally renowned Dub poet and storyteller.
This is a book of coming home and coming to terms, of contemplation rather than contention - of mellow, musing, edgy poems drawn from the life and lives around her.
It is Breeze's first new collection since Third World Girl: Selected Poems (2011), and is published on her 60th birthday. 'The third world girl, at home for a while, sets these attractive poems in rural Jamaica.
Her verandah looks out on the sea, and she goes for a swim most mornings.
The collection takes us well beyond the village, the bar across the road, and the men who proposition her.
The easy-going voice talks of personal development, celebrates friends and family, comments on mortality, freedom, gender and class.
The poet is examining, subtly, a more or less contented return to where her life began.' - Mervyn Morris