Soon Come celebrates Jamaican poetry as an expression and
extension of the island's rich spiritual traditions, offering fresh
insights into some of the late twentieth century's most important
and influential poetry. Drawing inspiration from the history of
Myal, Kumina, Revivalism, and Rastafari, Hodges develops a critical
language for the discussion of a wide range of Jamaican texts, both
oral and written.
Beginning with traditional proverbs and Anancy stories, Soon
Come explores healing rituals, possession rites, and miracles in
Revival hymns; the seminal poetry of Claude McKay, Una Marson, and
Louise Bennett; the Rastafari-influenced reggae of Bob Marley,
Jimmy Cliff, Bunny Wailer, and Ras Michael; the dub poetry of
Linton Kwesi Johnson and Mutabaruka; and the groundbreaking work of
Dennis Scott, Anthony McNeill, and Lorna Goodison. What emerges is
a profoundly hopeful vision of Jamaican poetry as an ongoing ritual
that engenders the future even as it reimagines the past. Written
in a lively, accessible style, Soon Come will appeal as much to the
general reader as to the academic, to the serious Bob Marley fan as
much as to the student of New World religious traditions.
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