ZION ROSES: “Holding Sway”

Written by Dr. Marva Mc Clean for Spiderweb Publications on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

This collection weaves an Anancy web, enmeshing the reader into a linguistic landscape filled with wry humor and that tongue- in- cheek manipulation of the language that is at the heart of Jamaican patois.


Minott’s writing reveals one of the most creative uprisings of the Caribbean imaginary: the innovativeness of a people who crafted language from their motherland and that of their oppressors to give voice to their power of creativity and ongoing resistance artfully symbolized in the poem Genevieve, for the people of the African Diaspora know fully well that “years of planting seeds leave no time for regret.”