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LISTEN TO
God's chosen
people,
merciless
in defense
of self.
A god of wrath.

HAIKU POEM
ROSALIENE BACCHUS
ISAIAH
de rastaman
tongue full of flames
red righteous brains
descend from de mountains
trod troo de plains
bringing a warning
to a nation gawn insane

ISAIAH
de nyaman
chanting fire troo de lan
talk like thunder touch im han
breathe brimstone pon Babylon
Israel, you forget God plan
no more burning dove or ram
no more sacrifice of lamb
no more fasting, no more prayer
God is deaf to your desire

ISAIAH
de rastaman
heart beating hard
no stone, no sword, no guard
talking every word de spirit declare
Israel, yuh forget yuh God
corruption mek yuh choose de bad
wickedness defile yuh
vain power start beguile yuh
de lust for blood done spoil yuh
if God neva mek dat promise to yuh
yuh woulda sink like Sodom an Gomorrah
yuh woulda run like yuh jus laas yuh shadow
today would be the end of yuh tomorrow

ISAIAH
de iyaman
bow im head as im humbly stan
an big Israel come clean
to remember what love mean
an retreat from a murderous scene
stop pushing others to where you've been
you of all should find genocide obscene
God just might let yah een

ISAIAH
de binghiman
come to chant dung Babylon
day by day in burning sun
bringing de word of God anger
let Israel tremble and hear
why truth can fill de hunger
Israel be humble and prepare
God's wrath is drawing near
there's land enough to share
let covetousness disappear
offer up a humbler prayer

ISAIAH
de rastaman
let words burn across the lan
an wait for God to play im han


Poem from So Much Things To Say: Over 100 Poets From the
First Ten Years of the Calabash International Literary
Festival, edited by Kwame Dawes & Colin Channer, Akashic
Books, New York, 2010.

ISAIAH
Jean "Binta" Breeze
ISRAEL
JEAN "BINTA"
BREEZE, born 1956
in rural Jamaica, is a
dub poet, performer,
and recording artist.
She earned her
performance skills at
the Jamaican School
of Drama in
Kingston, Jamaica.

She began writing
poetry in the
1970s. After
moving to England
in 1985, her first
book of poetry,
Ryddim Ravings
was published in
1988.

Other poetry
collections followed:
Spring Cleaning
(1992),
The Arrival
of Brighteye &
Other Poems

(2000),
The Fifth
Figure
(2006), and
Third World Girl:
Selected Poems

(2011).

Through her poetry,
Breeze speaks for
the oppressed and
the dispossessed.

In England, she
has worked as a
director and script
writer for theatre,
TV, and cinema.
She wrote the script
for the film,

Hallelujah Anyhow
,
screened at the
British Film Festival
1990.

As a performance
poet, she has
toured the
Caribbean, North
America, Europe,
Southeast Asia,
and Africa.

In 2012, she was
awarded an MBE for
her services to
literature.

I lived for a few years in the hills as a Rastafarian woman, and during
that time I was not occupied with writing at all, but was just making
up lyrics for a sound system called I.T....

One day I turned on the radio, and it was playing, “Sitting on the
Dock of the Bay.” Now the bay near us is Montego Bay, so I got on a
bus fifteen miles to Montego Bay and sat out on the pier, waiting to
see who was waiting for me on the dock of the bay.

And I was sitting there writing, when a Rastafarian man came up to
me and said—“So! The daughter is a poet!” And I said—“Yes.” And
he said: “Would you like to perform at a concert for his Majesty’s
[Haile Selassie] ninetieth birthday?” And I said—“Yes.” This was
1980 or 1981, and the next week my name was in the papers as
one of the artists in the show.

So I saw him again, two nights before the show, and he said, “We’re
having a rehearsal with the band.” I said, “Wow, with a band!” So I
went to the rehearsal and Mutabaruka, who was already quite a well-
known dub poet who had recorded in Jamaica, was a guest artist and
was there rehearsing with the band. He liked my poem and he told
the band what to do with it musically. He was so interested in the
work that he recorded me a couple of weeks later. I was elated.

And that’s how I became the first female dub poet.

JEAN "BINTA" BREEZE DURING AN INTERVIEW WITH 57 PRODUCTIONS IN
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, NOVEMBER 2001.
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WATCH & LISTEN
JEAN "BINTA"
BREEZE
PERFORMANCE
POETRY
LONDON LIMING
14 FEBRUARY 2013
DURATION: 9:04 MINUTES
JEAN "BINTA"
BREEZE
READING FROM
THIRD WORLD GIRL:
SELECTED POEMS
Y THEATRE
LEICESTER - UK
2010
DURATION: 8:20 MINUTES

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