Time Cleaves Itself
This ground-breaking and lyrical first collection from Scottish Jamaican poet, Jeda Pearl, offers unique perspectives on race, disability, chronic illness, landscape and belonging.
Jeda Pearl
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04 Jul 2024

In Jeda Pearl’s debut poetry collection, Time Cleaves Itself, a disabled Scottish woman of colour invites you into the split and rewoven threads of her intersecting, in between worlds as she navigates belonging and claiming space. Landscapes and bodyscapes are brought into focus through lenses of race, illness, disability and womanhood. Ancestral languages of Scots, Patois, Geordie and English critique ableism, colonialism and Scottish exceptionalism; they ask ‘Who gets the trees?’, honour Caribbean and Scottish heritages and move from the bed as universe to fantastical and science-fictional imaginings. Here, lyrical acts of observation unfold with defiance, tenderness, rhythm and the occasional side-eye. The accordion of time stretches across poems that deliver a sonic meditation on memory, grief, disability, belonging, empathy and resilience. 


"The bounding, intelligent wondrousness of Time Cleaves Itself challenges readers who may have despaired about where song belongs in challenging times. With the appetite and exactitude we would expect more of ancient poets than nowadays, Jeda Pearl traces ammonite patterns, praises scientific endeavours, speaks from dance floor and hospital bed - no narrow thing. Perspectives click. Pearl’s speakers freely observe their observers, and move on. Swimming and flying creatures, the kestrel in the chest, the selkie self, duppies and hummingbirds: what world is this collection from from? These poems inhabit and unlock the famed energy of both Scots and Caribbean literary heritage, knowing them intertwined of old. I'm overjoyed to see poetry's future in Jeda Pearl's work." 
Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo

The stunning cover design and artwork are by scottish artist and designer, Kezia Lewis.

First edition copies of Time Cleaves Itself can be pre-ordered. They will be posted to you in late June 2024.


Photo of Jeda Pearl, who is a Scottish Jamaican woman with light-brown skin. She has dark brown curly hair, dark brown eyes and is smiling. She stands in front of a teal wall and is wearing a patterned dress with toucans and tropical leaves on it.

Jeda Pearl

Jeda Pearl is a Scottish Jamaican writer. Her poems and stories appear in art installations and several anthologies. Her debut poetry collection, Time Cleaves Itself, is forthcoming from Peepal Tree Press. Find her online @JedaPearl.
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