Lorna Goodison lauded for work

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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RENOWNED poet, Lorna Goodison was the subject of Tribe Sankofa’s ‘The Lorna Goodison Edition’ at Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts on Saturday, December 17.


It was the latest in the group’s Word Soul series. The ‘Tribe’ presented select poems from the author/poet’s extensive canon such as The Woman Speaks To The Man, which was delivered with unified compulsion.



Road of The Dread was also a standout, as the two male leads successfully adapted the stereotypical Rastafarian accent and postures. They convincingly delivered Goodison’s words with precision.


Also noteworthy was an emotive dance number, choreographed by Jamal McKnight, to Guinea Woman.


The other poems performed were Where I Come From, For My Mother (May I Inherit Half Her Strength), I Am Becoming My Mother, A Forgiveness, and Because I Have Been Everything.


There was also a video tribute to Goodison from colleagues in the arts fraternity, including Professor Mervyn Morris and playwright Dahlia Harris.


Goodison, who flew in from Canada to attend the show, said it "is one of the best things to ever happen to [her]".


She added that, "To hear my work performed so beautifully by these young people is all I could ask for as a writer. To hear how they have taken the words onto themselves, and processed them and absorbed the images and ideas and intent behind them. Obviously, the words are meaningful and it’s the most beautiful thing... It means that the work will continue."


Tribe Sankofa director, Fabian Thomas, said it is important to "give our icons and elders their flowers when they can smell them".


The 14-member group has addressed topical issues such as police brutality (Black Bodies) in their work.


— Aldane Walters

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