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Lloyd Brown was born in Jamaica. He graduated from the University of the West Indies and emigrated to Canada where he did graduate work and taught before moving to the United States.
His poetry, first published in the collection, Duppies (Peepal Tree, 1996) attests to the continuing power of Jamaican memory in his being. For him the stubborn persistence of the folk world of his rural childhood represent not only a line of spiritual continuity, but a last line of defence against the homogenising sweep of American cultural imperialism.