Dorothea Smartt

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Generations Dreaming I

Dorothea Smartt

Generations Dreaming I

Dorothea Smartt

Generations Dreaming I

generations dreaming I

Journeywoman. Journeyman.
You were a generation dreaming;
journeywoman, journeyman,
stepping off the plane
to an unknown future
from a certain past that
became more and more like
the promise that escaped you.
You were a generation
dreaming to change the pattern,
undo the seams, re-style
the suits you wore
as you stepped off the boat,

Frederic: this not so young man
had struggled as a juvenile,
thirties-style, to unionize,
enfranchise. A troublesome man,
proud to be a darkblack
worker, survivor. You
split the seams
to suit your schemes.

Linda: journeywoman. Journeywoman,
you were a generation dreaming.
Coming from a certain past,
coming to an unknown future,
coming to bear us and
spare us from the masterpattern,
styled, cut, ready-to-wear suit
of canes, molasses
thick-set in the heat. Burning
good white sugar,
raising a glass of rum
in the sunset of the master
as you sailed away;
meeting this mancountry,
face-to-face with dreams.
Journeywoman, journeyman,
you were a generation,
dreaming a world, to change.

from Connecting Medium (Peepal Tree Press, 2001) copyright © Dorothea Smartt 2001, used by permission of the author and the publisher.


Dorothea Smartt

Dorothea Smartt reading from her Poems

1Mother Music

2Generations Dreaming I

3Generations Dreaming II


5Five Strands of Hair

6Black Girl Shuffle



9Milkdreams Ghost

10Connecting Medium I

11Connecting Medium II

12Gambian Sting

13c.1950 – Bubble n’ Squeak

14c. 1967 – Sweet Potato n’ Callaloo

15I’m In The Market For Hair

16Ruby Lips

17Shipshape & Lancaster-Fashion

18Bringing It All Back Home

19Samboo’s Elegy: No Rhyme Or Reason

2099 Names of Samboo

21Lancaster Keys: The Brew Room

22Shake my Future

23Pissed Off

24A Sense of Denial

25After Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, “Gaia breaks up with Humanity, her young lover”

Books by Dorothea Smartt