Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"Rocksteady" by Ishion Hutchinson

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August 2, 2017


Ishion Hutchinson

About This Poem


"Rocksteady is one of the great sounds Jamaica has exhaled. It's a mist between '70s reggae and '60s ska. It's doo-wop, Motown, and Stax all stacked akimbo in a way that gives edge. The sound of a people finding voice while testing the limits of the world."
—Ishion Hutchinson


Ishion Hutchinson is the author of House of Lords and Commons (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016). He was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, and teaches at Cornell University.

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House of Lords and Commons

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016)

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