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People Get ReadyAfrican American and Caribbean Cultural Exchange$
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Kevin Meehan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732818

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732818.001.0001

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Red Pepper Poetry

Red Pepper Poetry

Jayne Cortez and Cross-Cultural Saturation

(p.101) Chapter 4 Red Pepper Poetry
People Get Ready

Kevin Meehan

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the collaborations made by the African American poet Jayne Cortez with several groups in establishing the aesthetic, political, and economic domination of post-colonial capitalism. It notes that Cortez collaborated with the Negritude Movement, the Caribbean Artists Movement, and the Organization of Women Writers of Africa in spreading views on decolonization, neocolonialism, and women empowerment. The numerous collaborations made by Cortez immersed her poetry deep in Caribbean culture and politics, clarifying the African American and Caribbean dialogue as a decolonizing force that converges and progresses in individual lives and works.

Keywords:   poetry, decolonization, culture, Jayne Cortez, neocolonialism, post-colonial capitalism

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