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Poetry Society of Jamaica 'Resurrects' Mikey Smith

Dub Poet Mikey Smith

The Poetry Society of Jamaica will be engaging in poetic seance as they invoke the voices and memories of poets Blacka Ellis, Mutabaruka, M’Bala, and Tommy Ricketts, director and head of the School of Drama Eugene Williams as well as actress Hilary Nicholson in ‘Resurrecting Mikey Smith’.

The event will be the August installment of the monthly poetry fellowship and is dedicated to celebrating the life and works of, Mikey Smith, the dub poet whose life was cut short by political violence on August 17, 1983.

Smith, whose most famous work is ‘Mi Cyaa Believe It’ from his dub album of the same name, was one of the most celebrated names in the genre. A staunch political activist his works spoke against the “isms and schisms” of “politriks”.

The society generally showcases a featured poet but this often focuses on the work of a living, established poet. They have occasionally however used the forum to celebrate the life of poets who have passed. Additionally, several poets have launched their works at the Poetry Society of Jamaica. Since this year, Cherry Natural, Oku Onuora and Mel Cooke have all launched albums during one of the Society’s fellowships.

The celebration of Smith’s works will act as the feature for the night and follow the open mic and discussion segment which encourages and allows emerging poets to showcase their work in a space that allows for feedback from the audience.

The August installment will also feature the works of visual artist, Inasi. The August staging of the Poetry Society of Jamaica’s fellowship will take place in its usual home at the Amphitheatre, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts on 27 August, 2013, starting at 7:30pm.