Lorna Goodison

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Lorna Goodison


Born
in Kingston, Jamaica
August 01, 1947


Lorna Goodison was born in Jamaica, and has won numerous awards for her writing in both poetry and prose, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Musgrave Gold Medal from Jamaica, the Henry Russel Award for Exceptional Creative Work from the University of Michigan, and one of Canada’s largest literary prizes, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People (2007). Her work has been included in the major anthologies and collections of contemporary poetry over the past twenty-five years, such as the Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, the Harper Collins World Reader, the Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry, the Norton Anthology of World Masterp ...more

Average rating: 3.78 · 1,187 ratings · 153 reviews · 24 distinct worksSimilar authors
From Harvey River: A Memoir...

3.87 avg rating — 251 ratings — published 2007 — 12 editions
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By Love Possessed

3.78 avg rating — 132 ratings — published 2011 — 9 editions
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Selected Poems

4.36 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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Supplying Salt and Light

4.19 avg rating — 31 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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Turn Thanks: Poems

3.55 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1999
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I Am Becoming My Mother

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1995 — 3 editions
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Controlling the Silver

3.67 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 2004 — 6 editions
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To Us, All Flowers Are Rose...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 1995
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Baby Mother and the King of...

3.47 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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Travelling Mercies

3.47 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2001
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“These people are no better or no worse than people anywhere, anything that you can do to help them, help them and you will be surprised to know how they will help you.”
Lorna Goodison, From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island

“This was the grace hour when they existed in dreams as ordinary men and women, free to lie down or get up whenever they wanted. This was the hour before they rose to meet cane. To seed and weed, to cut and harvest it. The hour before some would run away or stay undermine it, withdraw their enthusiasm from it, throw words and sing battering songs, and meet in secret at night to plot bloody overthrow of it. They rode past the time, before cane, when Jamaican people planted mainly corn and cassava, hunted wild boar and coneys, and went to sea in magnificent boats they had fashioned form trees; when their artists made sacred wood carvings that would survive for hundreds of years; when their scientists discovered how to extract poison from the roots of cassava; when they played an early form of soccer and lived mostly in peace, till three leaking ships filled with lost men came towards them bearing Hard Life.”
Lorna Goodison, From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island



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