A Poetry Archive recording by

James Berry

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These poems come from a special recording for the Poetry Archive:

  • 1 -
    "Folk Proverbs Found Poems"

  • 2 -

  • 3 -
    "Just Being"

  • 4 -
    "Spirits of Movement"

  • 5 -

  • 6 -
    "Night Comes Too Soon"

  • 7 -
    "Chain of Days"

  • 8 -
    "A Schooled Fatherhood"

  • 9 -

  • 10 -
    "Defendant in a Jamaican Court"

  • 11 -
    "Villager's Independence: 2"

  • 12 -
    "Haiku Moments: 1"

  • 13 -
    "Flame and Water"

  • 14 -
    "Boolooloops"

  • 15 -
    "Ol Style Freedom"

  • 16 -

  • 17 -
    "Words at My Mother's Funeral"

  • 18 -
    "Haiku Moments: 3"

  • 19 -
    "In God's Greatest Country, 1945"

  • 20 -
    "Old Man in New Country"

  • 21 -

  • 22 -
    "Lucy's Letter"

  • 23 -
    "Thinkin Loud-Loud"

  • 24 -
    "It's Me Man"

  • 25 -
    "Starapple Time Starapple Trees"

  • 26 -
    "On an Afternoon Train from Purley to Victoria, 1955"

  • 27 -
    "New World Colonial Child"

  • 28 -


Select bibliography

  • Bluefoot Traveller: poetry by Westindians in Britain (editor), London, Limestone Publications, 1976 - out of print
  • Fractured Circles, London, New Beacon Books, 1979 - out of print
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  • Lucy's Letters and Loving, New Beacon Books, 1982
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  • News for Babylon: the Chatto Book of Westindian-British Poetry (editor), London, Chatto & Windus, 1984 - out of print
  • Chain of Days, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1985 - out of print
  • A Thief in the Village (stories for children), London, Hamish Hamilton, 1987
  • The Girls and Yanga Marshall: four stories (for children), London, Longman, 1987
  • When I Dance (for children), Hamish Hamilton, 1988 - out of print
  • Anancy Spiderman (for children), London, Walker Books, 1988 - out of print
  • Isn't My Name Magical? (for children), Longman/BBC, 1990 - out of print
  • The Future-Telling Lady (for children), Hamish Hamilton, 1991 - out of print
  • Ajeemah and His Son (for children), USA, Harper Collins, 1992
  • Celebration Song (for children), Hamish Hamilton, 1994
  • Classic Poems to Read Aloud (editor), London, Kingfisher, 1995
  • Hot Earth Cold Earth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Bloodaxe Books, 1995
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  • Playing a Dazzler (for children), Hamish Hamilton, 1996 - out of print
  • Don't Leave an Elephant to Go and Chase a Bird (for children), USA, Simon and Schuster, 1996
  • Rough Sketch Beginning, USA, Harcourt Brace, 1996
  • Everywhere Faces Everywhere (for children), Simon and Schuster, 1997
  • First Palm Trees (for children), Simon and Schuster, 1997
  • Around the World in 80 Poems (editor - for children), London, Macmillan, 2001
  • A Nest full of Stars (for children), Macmillan, 2002
  • Only One of Me (selected poems - for children), Macmillan, 2004
  • James Berry Reading from his poems, CD, The Poetry Archive, 2005
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  • James Berry Reading from his Children's Poems, The Poetry Archive 2005
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  • Windrush Songs, Bloodaxe 2007
  • In Person 30 Poets, Edited by Neil Astley / Films by Pamela Robertson-Pearce, Bloodaxe Books 2008
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