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Ten Poems about Black History

Banjoko, Panya
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Candlestick Press
Published: October 1, 2022
ISBN: 9781907598883
24 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


On 22nd June 1948, Her Majesty’s Transport Empire Windrush docked at the Port of Tilbury in Essex. Between 1947 and 1970, nearly half a million people left their homes in the Caribbean for a new life in Britain, becoming known as the ‘Windrush’ generation. These poems respond to that experience, and the challenges and prejudices faced by those who arrived. They document a world of night shifts and broken promises, the impact on families and lives, and the hopes and aspirations for the future: It is Time for Black seeds to send new roots and bloom fresh flowers where there was decay and hopelessness It is Time for Black seeds to bring light into the barren wastes. – from ‘Black Seeds Bring Light’ by Len Garrison Panya Banjoko selects crucial and moving poems, ensuring that these experiences are honoured, these stories passed on, and these lives never forgotten. Poems by Stanley O. Ayodeji, Panya Banjoko, James Berry, Kamau Brathwaite, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Len Garrison, Sarah ‘Rain’ Kolawole, Marsha Prescod, Jacob Sam-La Rose and Kadija Sesay. Cover illustration by Morag Williams.



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