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.
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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 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.

Jeda Pearl with long curly hair, smiling

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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