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Caribbean Passion
by Opal Palmer Adisa

    Publication Date: Apr 01, 2004
    List Price: $17.95
    Format: Paperback, 96 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9781900715928
    Imprint: Peepal Tree Press
    Publisher: Peepal Tree Press
    Parent Company: Peepal Tree Press Ltd.

    Paperback Description:

    This feisty, sensuous, and thought-provoking collection of poetry from Opal Palmer Adisa includes powerful poems about the solidarity of women, the female elders of the poet’s own family, and the desire for male difference?including the benefits of having a younger lover. In these poems there is no gap between the historical, the political, and the personal, all are defined by the presence or absence of the freedom to enjoy the fruits of life. Whether writing about history, family, black lives, love, or sexual passion, Opal Palmer Adisa has an acute eye for the contraries of experience. A number of poems exhibit a witty dance between food and sexuality?in one poem drinking coconut water becomes a sexual act, while in another, the male body is eroticized metaphorically in terms of a coconut palm. But within this focus on the physical, there is also a keen sense of the oppression of the female body. In her poem ?Bumbu Clat,” for example, she explores the deformation of a word that originally signified sisterhood to become part of the most misogynist curses in Jamaican society.

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