Number of page: 80
Publisher: Sierra Leonean Writers Series
In The Road to Jamaica, which was announced over forty years ago, but suppressed, Cheney- Coker looks at a particular period of African history; the tragic, outward voyages of people and other social variants that have been part of what he calls his Afro-Saxon narrative. Crucially, the volume is divided into two sections: the first being a look at the shock of displacement, but also the remembrance of identifiable modes in the formation of a new cultural perspective. Looking back at remembered landscape, languages and cultural comforts, the poet has attempted to recreate as chapter of history that changed his and other people's idea of identity. The long poems that usher in Part 2 of the volume are, in a sense, reflections on that evolving template about our small world: the happenstances of regeneration, while at the same time an attempt to come to terms with the realities that societies, the world over, are bound to the inevitability of change. Given the smallness of that world, the oneness of our humanity, and the quiet personal awareness of aging, Cheney-Coker has, as usual, focused his lenses on them.