*Poetry Festival ~ In Jamaica, West Indies!” Featuring: Famous Dub Poet, “Yasus Afari, Mutabaruka, Lorna Goodison & Many More!”

Yasus Afari

Greetings and Salutations,
Re: Jamaica Poetry Festival 2018 – Sunday August 12, Louise Bennett Garden Theatre
 
SenYAcum Edutainment in association with JCDC is delighted to announce the 8th Annual Staging of the highly anticipating Jamaica Poetry Festival at the newly renovated Louise Bennett Garden Theatre on Sunday August 12, 2018.
Free Creative Writing Workshops
The day commences with Youth/Family-Friendly Creative Writing Workshops from 10 am – 2 pm featuring the Canadian writer, author, singer and poet musician, Shauntay Grant. 
 
The Feast of Poetree – Jamaica Poetry Festival 2018
The  main event – Jamaica Poetry Festival – Poetry Showcase which is aptly dubbed The Feast of Poetree commences at 7:00 pm and shall serve an eclectic menu of creative arts and iconic artistes from Jamaica and the international community.
JPF 2018 Features – Lorna Goodison, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Dr Velma Pollard, Lenny Little-White, Yasus Afari, Ka’Bu Ma’at Kheru, Shauntay Grant (Canada), Anord Sichinsambwe (Tanzania), Antonia Valaire, Ras JaJa, Wise Wurdz, Asante Amen, Spolly and host Dufton Shepherd.
Our JPF 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze courtesy of SenYAcum, JPF 2018 and the National Library of Jamaica – Poet Laureate Programme.
Partners – Jamaica Poetry Festival 2018 is being presented in partnership with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) & IRIE FM. 
Supporting Jamaican Poetry
Tickets are available at: Bookophilia, Fontana Pharmacies, Music Mart, JCDC, White Bones Cafe, IOJ, Mi Hungry, Vew Leaf Vegetarian, Ashanty Oasis and the Gate.
We look forward to your presence and support of Jamaican Poets and Poetree.

With Honour, Love & Poetree,

YA

JPF 2018 

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*By Poetess, Yasmeen zehra anwer

Aye daughter

I see your ache

The wreck of your bein’

The lines of misery are all drawn the same

I see your dark night, no star in sight

And deafenin’ sounds

Of the earth beatin’ itself.. shakin’

Houses burnin’ comin’ down

Humans crying ..

I hear ya my girl..

Your pain ain’t not yours alone

It’s the smokin’ flamin’ burnin’

 on stake

Of mammas n grammas of centuries past

Beaten.. shamed.. accused.. n punished

I have you in my heart my girl..

But I see more.. my love?

 What’s that?

The darkness lain under your eyes,

The staring gaze .. the twitch right there,

The scratchy voice you spoken with,

The pallor around your lively mouth,

The stiffness .. readiness of how you sit,

The force you gather n hold your skirts with,

Ah what is that thing dear girl?

Fear.. ?

shame..!

Aye ma

My pain is that of centuries past

And centuries comin’

My heart and earth are shatterin’

Ya I am the madness in the streets of Kabul

 they killed with stones n bricks ma!

I am the witch they burnt on stake

For dancin’ with my friends the spirits

Ya mom

All that I am and every particle of my bein’

Has a story three-nights-long to tell

Yes ma

The shame n fear have come together

The twin serpents from gods own hell

I shake with shame for my weakness

I fear the streets ma, I fear the town..

You know ma, how I’m all the women like me before?

Aye..

Just as I am every woman ever lynched

Burnt alive, smothered, slain..

He is every single one of the mob!

Every hand that holds a stick

Or stone

Or torch

Screamin’ for blood ma!

I startle at lil sounds ma

I look behind me all the time

Y’know ma

It’s not even an even fight

He’s the eternal victor ma,

I, the eternally damned!

Yasmeen zehra anwer

*We thank Ash ES​ for sharing the works of this Poetess.