The Fifth Figure

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Bloodaxe Books
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.3 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author
Jean 'Binta' Breeze (1956-2021) was an internationally-renowned poet. Born in Hanover, Jamaica, she first visited London in 1985 to take part in the International Book Fair of Radical and Third World Books, and she continued to write, perform and teach until a collapsed lung resulted in early retirement to Jamaica. She published eight books of poetry and stories. Answers (Jamaica, 1982), Riddym Ravings (Race Today, UK, 1988), Spring Cleaning (Virago, 1992) were followed by On the Edge of an Island (1997), The Arrival of Brighteye (2000), The Fifth Figure (2006), Third World Girl: Selected Poems (2011, with DVD) and The Verandah Poems (2016) from Bloodaxe. She also released several records, cassettes and CDs, including Tracks and Eena Me Corner with the Dennis Bovell Dub Band and Riding On De Riddym: selected spoken works (57 Productions). She performed her work throughout the world, including tours of the Caribbean, Britain, North America, Europe, South East Asia and Africa, and latterly divided her time between Jamaica and England. She received a NESTA Award in 2003, and an MBE in 2012 for services to literature. Edit Move Up Move Down Delete * indicates that this field may be required when disseminating data to 3rd parties. +2 indica
'She stood out for the passion of her performances, the raw honesty of
her personal stories and her use of Jamaica's lyrical vernacular.' - Katharine Q. Seelye, The New York Times, tribute to Jean 'Binta' Breeze
'Jean 'Binta' Breeze... emerged in the 1980s as the first female dub poet,
fusing reggae rhythms and music with the spoken word... Through the use
of a variety of women's voices and contexts, Breeze's work challenged
the usual stances of the dub and performance poetry tradition. Whether
on stage, record or page, she spoke for - and to - black female
experience, encompassing a wide range of subjects, styles and
tonalities.' - Lyn Innes, The Guardian, paying tribute to Jean 'Binta' Breeze.
'Her range included not only the polemical and the personal, but also
more extended narratives and memoirs. A later, remarkable book, The Fifth Figure,
is in five sections, each of which adopts the perspective of Breeze's
forbears, from Great-grandmother down to mother, until the last one is
hers. In a wealth of styles, she finds echoes between the voices, before
encompassing them all in the biographical conclusion.' - The Telegraph, paying tribute to Jean 'Binta' Breeze