Geoffrey Philp
Dub Wise


"Without losing the joy of play or the play of the rhythms, Dub Wise celebrates the burdens and delights of love, friendships and the responsibility of being at home in the world. Geoffrey Philp’s new book is witty, playful, gracious and, yes, wise. An enjoyable read from beginning to end." Olive Senior

"The voice now distinctive, recognizable, the tone clear & clipped & ‘skitter’ [the ‘something like music’], the stanzas running into each separate other, as they shd, like the human voice does. Also a new strong sense of place (Third World Miami and its Spanish - and Kgn of course – esp from Mountain View to the Sea), family & history (welcome the Seminole).

Above all, there is the continuing infolding of a ‘Jamaica Tradition’ as being established in the voices of Morris & Dawes, plus also the acknowledgment of McNeill, Baugh, Mikey Smith & Garvey, and the NL of Jean Binta Breeze. And Derek Walcott (where he grounds, in a way, the Morris-Dawes Ja Tradition) in ‘Beyond Mountain View’". Kamau Brathwaite

"Geoffrey Philp is arguably among the most talented and versatile of contemporary Caribbean writers. His works have spanned the spectrum from children's literature to novel. His latest literary endeavor is "Dub Wise", a collection of poetry published by Peepal Tree Press."

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Geoffrey Philp was born in Jamaica. He now lives and works in Miami. He maintains a blog @

Dub Wise

ISBN: 9781845231712
Pages: 72
Published: 29 September 2010

Price:  £8.99
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