Having enjoyed great success from his two previous publications From Behind the Counter and Heritage Call: Ballad for the Children of the Dragon, Easton Lee returns with yet another evocative volume of poetry dedicated to preserving Jamaica’s valuable heritage for future generations.
Encounters, enriched by the rhythms and cadences of indigenous Jamaican speech, affectionately documents rural Jamaican life, folklore and culture. Easton Lee’s poems, a product of both his ancestral roots Jamaican and Chinese, are emotionally charged. The reader will alternatively laugh, cry and sigh at the unfolding of these lyrically documented snapshots of daily life and experiences. At the heart of the poems is the theme of identity, and the process of defining a Jamaican self takes the reader on an inward journey through intimate glimpses of family history and community life, and outward across the ocean to the far shores of China and into the lives of ancestors who now exist in another realm.
This book of poems is a celebration of the wealth and variety of the Jamaican culture and spirit, and would make a wonderful addition to any bookshelf.