In her first-ever collection of essays, poet and novelist Lorna Goodison interweaves the personal and political to explore themes that have occupied her working life: her love of poetry and the arts, colonialism and its legacy, racism and social justice, authenticity, and the enduring power of friendship.
This enlightening, entertaining, profoundly political and poetic gathering of essays by the
Poet Laureate of Jamaica covers a wealth of subjects, from the odd dissociation of a colonial
education to the reality of life in the wider world, the singing of hymns in school and the way
their words stay with us, to the many influences—music, art, storytelling, theatre, cinema, travel,
religion, family life and politics—that nurture our imaginations and her own writing voice.
Taking her title from Kingston's oldest market and downtown meeting place that was almost
destroyed by fire last year, Lorna Goodison introduces us to an extraordinary cast of characters
and range of influences—from finding a black hairdresser in Paris and crying at a movie in
Jamaica to having a life-changing epiphany in New York’s Bottom Line Club or drinking tea with
an old friend and new strangers in London’s Marylebone High Street.