by Natalie Corthésy


by Natalie Corthésy


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Inspired by her birthplace, Jamaica, the author has assembled a diverse collection poems that recounts familiar stories with a distinctive feminine voice. The title Sky Juice entreats the reader to recall a most treasured delight enjoyed by Jamaican children on hot days, which is every day! The imagery of a push cart vendor, selling ice and syrup in a plastic bag to schoolchildren, eager to relish the sweet sip. The narrative is a reminder that telling our own stories is priceless. Evocative cultural memories from Jamaica's yesteryear and witty call and answer between the vendor and the school girl personas provoke ire and laughter. The musings that follow are whimsical descriptions of loved ones and love lost. The denouement is picturesque and sincere.

Sky Juice is Natalie Corthésy's second collection of poems after her debut anthology Fried Green Plantains (2017). "The Watchman", "Swansea", "Siren" and "Ritual" have been published in The Caribbean Writer Volume 33, 2019. "The Helper Experiment", "Where are you from?", "The School Girl", and "Free" have been published in The Caribbean Writer Volume 34, 2020. "Up" was published in the writing and visual art journal, We Are Goodgenough Magazine, 2020. "Plantation fringe" was contributed to a special commemorative edition of Interviewing the Caribbean honouring the work and life of Kamau Brathwaite, 2020.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789768286369
Publisher: Ian Randle Publishers
Publication date: 03/25/2021
Pages: 78
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.19(d)

About the Author

Natalie Corthésy is a Lecturer at The University of the West Indies, Mona. Poetry is her passion. She is the 2020 winner of The Caribbean Writer's Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize for a new or emerging writer for "The Helper Experiment". Sky Juice is her second poetry collection having previously published Fried Green Plantains (2017).

Table of Contents

1) Push Cart

· Dancehall ID

· The Helper Experiment

· Swansea

· The Watchman

· Free

· Where are you from?

· The Darkies

· Transfiguration

2) The Vendor

· Goody

· B.S.

· I and I

· Bird bush

· The Vendor

· Persuaders

· Sweetie Man

· Prey

3) The School girl

· The School Girl

· Monologue

· Siren

· Up

· Teacher

· Crush

· Tuck me in please

· Plantation fringe

4) Ice and syrup in a plastic bag

· Buoy

· Kingston farewell

· Rite of passage

· Belly roll

· Wanting

· Ritual

· Sundress

· Salt and light

5) Fifty cents change

· Ancestral truth

· My favourite "C"

· Squatters paradise

· Dinghy

· Jog along

· Happiness

· ...and Mother left her behind in Savanna-la-Mar

· Driving off road through Jamaica's country side

6) Sweet sip

· Us

· Sanctuary

· This and That

· Canoe

· Ships log

· lucky Queen, impetuous King

· Day break

· Sky juice

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