True Blue of the Islands


Vincent Van Gogh, the sunflower man
cut off his ear when Paul Gauguin
wouldn’t stay to paint with him
in southern France.

I burnt my veil and wedding dress
scarred both my cheeks
tattooed rosettes
along my arms with cigarettes.

We both needed a man to stay.

You think that it was
loneliness? I don’t
think so. Madness
has always been my guess.



truebluecoverReviews of True Blue of the Islands

Hanna, Mary. Book Review. (pdf) Jamaica Observer. Review of the True Blue of Islands. 2006

Lakhan, Anu “Things only poems say.” [review, inter alia, of the The True Blue of Islands.] The best in Caribbean writing. Caribbean Review of Books. 9 2006. 9 Sept 2013.

Savory, Elaine. “Mordecai, Pamela. The True Blue of Islands.” Digital Library of the Caribbean: Macomere 7 (2005). 187-191. 8 Feb 2011. Macomere. 9 Sept 2013.

Verhagen, Katherine.”Black and Bruised Blues.” Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of criticism and review.” 8 Dec 2011. Canadian Literature. 9 Sept 2013.

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