January 31, 2006

Podcast of "Letter from Marcus Garvey"

“Letter from Marcus Garvey” was first published in Dance the Guns to Silence, an anthology of poems that celebrated the life of the Nigerian activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa ((1941-1995): "the writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely X-ray society's weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved shaping its present and its future."

The title, Dance the Guns to Silence is taken from one of Saro-Wiwa’s own poems, ‘Dance’. The anthology has a Foreword written by Ken Wiwa and editorial advisory from the renowned Malawian poet, now living in exile in Britain, Jack Mapanje.

Dance the Guns to Silence is an anthology of strong, thoughtful, poems of tribute, ranging from words of social consciousness to hard hitting images and moving stories.

Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems Inspired by Ken Saro-Wiwa.

Edited by: Nii Ayikwei Parkes & Kadija George
For more information, visit this site: http://www.remembersarowiwa.com/poetry.htm





Speak Garvey Speak said...

I couldn't connect to the link for the podcast, although I assume it is probably the same as what I originally heard on archives.org

What was the inspiration for this piece? Did Garvey really get stoned on leaving Spanish Town Prison?

Geoffrey Philp said...

Dear Research,


I am going to fix the the link. The inspiration was from a PBS video: Look for me in the Whirlwind (?) and when he tried to settle back in St. Ann's (according to the video), children threw stones at him. It was all part of the disgrace he suffered after coming back to Jamaica.