Encounters: Poems form a Chinese-Jamaican Experience

Encounters: Poems form a Chinese-Jamaican Experience

By Easton Lee
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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents
  • Dedication
  • List of Photos
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • From Church
    • Who I am
    • The Cleaner
    • All Day Long
    • From Mount Mercy
    • In The Ring
    • In Good Time
    • Coming Through
    • Troubling of The Water
    • Risen Indeed
    • Journey
    • Imago Dei
  • From China
    • Shook Goong
    • Women of Guangdong
    • Love Lanterns
    • The Changing Years
    • Ballad for Fy Yin - The Brother
    • Ballad for Fy Yin - The cousin
    • Ballad for Fy Yin - Himself
    • Ballad for Fy Yin - The mother
    • A Love Story
    • Grandma’s Moon Cakes
    • Autumn Moon
    • Moon Phases
    • Pao Onn Trilogy
    • New Year Ritual
    • Heart’s Land
    • The Tong Knin
    • The Vow
    • Village Lament
    • Incense Burner (for Fat Go)
    • Homecoming
    • Hakka Heritage Call
  • From Jamaica
    • Basket and Hamper
    • Market Truck
    • Wedding Speech
    • Granny Granny
    • Me Tu
    • Temptation
    • Justice
    • Sunday Christian
    • Duppy Deh
    • Which Name
    • Changing Times
    • Jamaica Language
    • Dress Di Moreis
    • Race Question
    • River Lament
    • River Mumma
    • Everything in a Name
    • Words Speakin
    • Dead Lef
    • Special Delivery
    • Dead Power
    • Stepping Silently
    • Day Work
  • For Friends
    • The View (For Glen and Zel Treasure Beach)
    • Gift Music
    • For Edna M
    • Recall
    • Rhythms for Sonny
    • Strawberry Fields Forever
    • Our Days
    • Come Home Again
    • Life like Light
    • The Garden
    • Sabina Gathering
    • Mango Season
    • Ballad for Michael M - My Land, My People
    • Ballad for Michael M - The Mountains
    • Ballad for Michael M - Flowers, Flowers
    • Ballad for Michael M - Children, Children
    • Ballad for Michael M - Play The Music
  • For Family
    • One World
    • Language Class
    • Family Hymn
    • Family Secret
    • The Night my Mother Died
    • Resolve
    • My Tears
    • Makes Sense
    • Guinea Grass
    • Grandfather’s Heartstrings
    • Dead is Dead
    • Junction Morning
    • New Wine
    • Mamma’s Christmas
    • Gentle Sleeper
    • Family Affair
    • Growing Up
    • Survival (for Lady Cooke)
  • For Others Remembered
    • Mahatma
    • Jamaican Woman (For Grace)
    • August Town Ballad
    • Kiss My Granny
    • Farewell
    • Alleluia
    • Children of the Rock
    • Adios
  • A So Life Go
    • Lone Traveller
    • Dirty Water
    • How Grandpa, How?
    • Gospel Grinder
    • Time
    • As I Say
    • Secret Pain
    • Who Dat
    • Pain
    • Condolence
    • Patience
    • God Know
    • His Shoes New Shoes
    • Youth Cry
    • Life Code
    • Telegram of Death
    • Ripe Mango
  • Think on these Things
    • Farewell Speech
    • Miss Marry’s Complaint
    • At Last Peace
    • Too Much
    • My Business
    • Country Scene
    • Her Story
    • His Story
    • Is the Truth
    • Great is Small, Small is Great
    • Beloved Country
    • Searching
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