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Celebrate Wha?: Ten Black British Poets from the Midlands

Published by Smokestack Books

ISBN: 9780956814401

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Celebrate Wha? is an anthology of poems about identity and race, curried goat ‘n’ rice. Ten poets – Dreadlock Alien, Sue Brown, Marcia Calame, Evoke, Martin Glynn, Michelle Hubbard, Kokumo, Roy McFarlane, Chester Morrison and Moqapi Selassie – explore what it means to be black and British and from the West Midlands.

This is the English language in a Caribbean coat, Auden in a Creole accent. Celebrate Wha? celebrates writing with a reggae rhythm, born out of a heady mixture of dub, grime and performance poetry, politics and music, anger and laughter.

Eric Doumerc teaches English at the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail in France. His books include Caribbean Civilisation: The English-Speaking Caribbean since Independence (2003) and An Introduction to Poetry in English (2007). Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage. He is a Community Development Worker in Dudley and Walsall. His play For the Love of Auset was premiered at The Drum, Aston, in 2007. He is a former Starbucks Poet in Residence and a member of the New October Poets. He is currently Birmingham’s Poet Laureate.
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