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Mordecai, Pamela

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ISBN 10: 0864922957 / ISBN 13: 9780864922953
Published by Goose Lane Editions, 2001
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Title: Certifiable

Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

Publication Date: 2001

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: First edition.

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Toronto writer Pamela Mordecai is a well-known voice in poetry of the Caribbean diaspora. She has long been a popular anthologist, a mentor to other writers, a frequent contributor to literary journals, and a vital link between the literary worlds of Canada and Jamaica; Certifiable presents a maturing vision of women's lives in both of her homes. Certifiable celebrates experience shot through with affection, family attachment, and madness.

The poems in the first section, "Just a Likl Loving," explore the truths hidden beneath the ideal of love: love as comfort, love as currency, love as deathtrap. "Sister Sequence" embraces the fullness of sisterhood, from the conceptual "sister muse" as a power in the world to the ambivalent love among flesh-and-blood sisters. "Certifiable," the final section, springs from intimacy with little and big madnesses.

The rhythms and rhymes of the creole soundscape crackle through Certifiable. Mordecai's deft hand wordplay flows through and beyond standard English and the Creole continuum to reveal the characters in Certifiable and record their experiences.

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Certifiable pushes collective ideas of the human condition — white/black, sane/mad, Canadian/Jamaican — into a matrix of unstereotyped experience where we manoeuvre only by dead reckoning and by the light of the word. In language guided by the creole soundscape, Mordecai's poems explore the truths hidden beneath the ideal of love, the fullness of sisterhood, and the intimate knowledge of little and big madnesses.

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