Poetry is like oxygen…it makes us feel so alive….it directs our consciousness to the altar of happiness and peace. The collection of nine poems are so intimately tied to the soil and the spirit of Jamaica it makes one feel relaxed, on a hot day, under a cool star apple tree.
The poems convey the struggles of a young democracy, the hopes of its people and the path walked to attain the characteristics of the typical Jamaican and his/her culture.
Jamaica No Problem posits the inner workings of who is and what makes a Jamaican. It struts forth with peacock pride or arrogance in describing the DNA of Jamaicans. The poems are all fruits in a lovely basket and none has disturbed the imagination…they have lifted Jamaica to the ethereal pantheons of paradise…a paradise gained and NOT lost. The poems are all a mix of colloquial street talk/patois and formal English… it gives a succinct feel.
The use of more than one diction-Creole and English- sets one pattern against the other which is inimical of the psyche of Jamaica. The two different cultures of Jamaica, juxtaposed to a quilt work of a beautifully composed material.
A true Jamaican experience is offered in this book
Nature comes alive when you read about the bees and the birds
And your taste buds will wake up when you think about the spicy jerk and delicious fruits.