I Is A Long Memoried Woman

TitleI Is A Long Memoried Woman
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1983
AuthorsNichols, Grace
Number of Pages87
PublisherKarnak House

A very powerful set of poems written in the first person; a chronology of slavery from a woman’s perspective. First published in 1983 to gain the distinction of being the first book of poetry written by a Caribbean woman to have won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, it has since become a modern classic. Rightly proclaimed a significant narrative of the African Caribbean woman, the book celebrates and evokes memories of the triangular trade in enslavement from the African continent to the cane plantations of the Caribbean through the voice of an unnamed African woman.

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