Jean "Binta" Breeze (2227 words)

Katherine Miranda (Independent Scholar - North America)
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A self-proclaimed “Third World voice” (qtd. in Dowson), Jean “Binta” Breeze began her career as a dub poet in Jamaica in the 1970s and has continued to produce poetry on the page and for the stage ever since. Breeze’s thematic concerns are particularly attuned to women’s struggles and rural Jamaican reality. Her poetry evokes everyday life while at the same time offering sweeping historical perspectives on Caribbean history, migration and neo/colonialism, and is deeply rooted in oral traditions that are most fully expressed when her work is performed. Through keen attention to everyday trials and triumphs – most notably those of rural Black Jamaican women – Breeze crafts poetic …

Citation: Miranda, Katherine. "Jean "Binta" Breeze". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 March 2017 [, accessed 25 October 2020.]

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