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Against Linearity

In a vision which constantly sees the 'doubleness' of people, places and things, Earl McKenzie both confronts such experiences as the discovery that the very same 'farmers/who sing on choirs' are those who became a lynch mob and beat a passing stranger to death, and celebrates the rich variousness of a landscape and a people who 'fear the straight line/for it is as rigid as death'. McKenzie's poems speak directly and without pretension, but in their often quirky observations and ability to find resonant images from the everyday, they are arresting and memorable.


Earl McKenzie
Date published
1 Jun 1993

'The particular images from nature that inform his work, along with his keen insight into human hearts, make Against Linearity a book to cherish' - The Caribbean Writer.

Earl McKenzie was born and lives in Jamaica. In addition to Against Linearity he is the author of A Boy Named Ossie and Two Roads to Mount Joyful & Other Stories."

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Earl McKenzie

In addition to his poetry in Against Linearity (Peepal Tree, 1993) and The Almond Leaf (Peepal Tree, 2008), he is the author of a book of short stories, A Boy Named Ossie: A Jamaican Childhood (Heinemann, 1991), Two Roads to Mount Joyful & Other Stories (Longman, 1992) and Ernest Palmer's Dream and Other Stories (LMH, 2014). His work has appeared in the following anthologies: Caribbean New Wave; The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories and Perspectives.

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