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On the edge of an island
Jean Binta Breeze
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Bloodaxe Books
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This collection of Jean 'Binta' Breeze's poetry and stories, published in 1997, included poems such as 'caribbean woman', 'Song for Lara' and 'I will come'. Now out of print, much of the book is reprinted in her later retrospective, Third World Girl: Selected Poems (with live readings DVD) published in 2011.

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Jean 'Binta' Breeze is an internationally-renowned poet. Born in Hanover, Jamaica, she first visited London in 1985 to take part in the International Book Fair of Radical and Third World Books, and she has been writing, performing and teaching ever since. She has released seven poetry books, Riddym Ravings (Race Today, 1988), Spring Cleaning (Virago, 1992), and On the Edge of an Island (1997), The Arrival of Brighteye (2000), The Fifth Figure (2006), Third World Girl: Selected Poems (2011, with DVD) and The Verandah Poems (2016) with Bloodaxe, as well as several records and CDs, including Tracks and Eena Me Corner with the Dennis Bovell Dub Band and Riding On De Riddym: selected spoken works (57 Productions). She has performed her work throughout the world, including tours of the Caribbean, Britain, North America, Europe, South East Asia and Africa, and now divides her time between Jamaica and England. She received a NESTA Award in 2003, and an MBE in 2012 for services to literature.

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