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Poet Laureate lauds Miss Lou at Independence event

Published:Friday | August 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE JAMAICAN embassy in Washington, DC and the University of the West Indies Alumni Association of Washington, DC on Wednesday hosted an overflow crowd of more than 100 members of the diaspora and friends of Jamaica at a special Independence event featuring Jamaica's Poet Laureate Professor Mervyn Morris.

Professor Morris, referring to aspects of his latest book, Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture, presented an outstanding assessment of Miss Lou's contribution to Jamaican literary pursuits. Among other things, the Poet Laureate noted Miss Lou's use of the Jamaican language, her skilful interweaving of Jamaican life into her poetry, the presentation of her views through 'Aunty Roachy', her contribution to the development of the Jamaican pantomime, and her talent promotion through Ring Ding and other efforts.

After a lively question-and-answer session about Miss Lou, the audience received an additional treat when Professor Morris offered some of his own poetry. Among the poems presented to the appreciative audience were The Pond, The Day My Father Died, and poems from I Been There, Sort Of, and Case History, Jamaica.