James Berry (OBE, 1924-) From Jamaica to the UK!
Two Black Labourers on a London Building Site
Been a train crash.
Yeh — tube crash.
. Who the driver?
Not a black man.
. Not a black man?
I check that firs.
. Thank Almighty God.
Bout thirty people dead.
. Thirty people dead?
Looks maybe more.
. Maybe more?
. An black man didn drive?
No. Black man didn drive.
A Story I am in: Selected Poems by James Berry:
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From: London a History in Verse, ed by Mark Ford.
From Wiki with thanks:
- Bluefoot Traveller: An Anthology of Westindian Poets in Britain (editor), London: Limestone Publications, 1976; revised edition Bluefoot Traveller: Poetry by West Indians in Britain, London: Harrap, 1981
- Fractured Circles (poetry), London: New Beacon Books, 1979
- Lucy’s Letters and Loving, London: New Beacon Books, (1982)
- News for Babylon: The Chatto Book of Westindian-British Poetry (editor), London: Chatto & Windus, 1984
- Chain of Days, Oxford University Press, 1985
- A Thief in the Village and other stories (for children), London: Hamish Hamilton, 1987
- The Girls and Yanga Marshall: four stories (for children), London: Longman, 1987
- Anancy-Spiderman: 20 Caribbean Folk Tales (for children), illustrated by Joseph Olubo, London: Walker, 1988
- When I Dance (for children), Hamish Hamilton, 1988
- Isn’t My Name Magical? (for children), Longman/BBC, 1990
- The Future-Telling Lady and other stories (for children), London: Hamish Hamilton, 1991
- Ajeemah and his Son (for children), USA: HarperCollins, 1992
- Celebration Song (for children), London: Hamish Hamilton, 1994
- Classic Poems to Read Aloud (editor), London: Kingfisher, 1995
- Hot Earth Cold Earth, Bloodaxe Books, 1995
- Playing a Dazzler (for children), London: Hamish Hamilton, 1996
- Don’t Leave an Elephant to Go and Chase a Bird (for children), USA: Simon & Schuster, 1996
- Everywhere Faces Everywhere (for children), Simon and Schuster, 1997
- First Palm Trees (for children), illustrated by Greg Couch, Simon & Schuster, 1997
- Around the World in 80 Poems (editor – for children), London: Macmillan, 2001
- A Nest full of Stars (for children), London: Macmillan, 2002
- Only One of Me (selected poems – for children), London: Macmillan, 2004
- James Berry Reading from his poems for children, CD, The Poetry Archive, 2005
- Windrush Songs, Bloodaxe Books, 2007
- A Story I Am In: Selected Poems, Bloodaxe Books, 2011
- 1977–78, C. Day Lewis Fellowship
- 1981, National Poetry Competition (for “Fantasy of an African Boy”)
- 1987, Smarties Prize (for A Thief in the Village)
- 1989, Signal Poetry Award (for When I Dance)
- 1989, Coretta Scott King Book Award
- 1991, Cholmondeley Award
- 1993, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (for Ajeemah and His Son)