Stephanie Mckenzie

Stephanie Mckenzie

Stephanie Mckenzie

Stephanie McKenzie is the author of three books of poetry (all published by Salmon Poetry) and a literary monograph, Before the Country: Native Renaissance, Canadian Mythology (published by the University of Toronto Press). She teaches in the English Programme at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

cover image of the book A Fierce Green Place

A Fierce Green Place

by Pamela Mordecai

Edited by Carol Bailey and Stephanie Mckenzie

With a contribution by Tanya Shirley

A Fierce Green Place: New and Selected Poems brings together, across the span of thirty-plus years, the rebellious, innovative work of the Jamaican-born Canadian writer Pamela Mordecai. From her acclaimed first collection Journey Poem, to the moving elegy for her murdered brother in The True Blue of Islands, to the stories of freed slaves told in Subversive Sonnets, and on to her dazzling reimaginings of biblical stories, this collection—Mordecai’s first book published in the US—highlights the astounding range and depths of a poet whose poetry has been described by Kamau Brathwaite as “brilliant,” by Kwame Dawes as “deeply felt and immaculately crafted,” and by Edward Baugh as “heady, sensuous, intoxicating, dangerous, and painful.”

Mixing Jamaican Creole with standard English, profanity and reverence with Patwa and blues, Mordecai’s words, written out of a “womb-space”of sound and power, shine through neocolonial violence and patriarchy. As the poet Tanya Shirley writes in the afterword to this edition, Mordecai’s poetry “represents the people, culture, and topography of the Caribbean in multidimensional, complex ways.”

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