100 pages | ISBN 978-1-989496-97-8
The long-awaited collection by much-loved dub poet Klyde Broox, Echo-Mirror is tour of his poetry over the decades. Filled with rich voice and song, the poems within this collection are meant to be heard as much read, but still resound on the page. Broox takes aim at the need to write in English, at inequality and at other injustices, with sharp images and strong rhythms, but also writes movingly of family and those lost along the way. The poems in the collection question the status quo, they celebrate Black voices and they are a call to action. These are poems that leap off the page into the reader’s heart.
“Echo-Mirror presents signature Klyde Broox! His visual-aural rendering of Jamaicanadian scribality transcends what he calls the ‘spliterature’ of the elites that splits the tongue from the pen, the stage from the page. Hearken all to this literary coup, the wordsound revolution that pulses through these dubpoems.” – Daniel Coleman, author of Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place
Klyde Broox was an award-winning Jamaican-born dubpoet, informal scholar, author and literary activist, with an international presence. Broox was awarded the 1979 Nathan Brissett Poetry Prize in Jamaica, a 1992 James Michener Fellowship from the University of Miami, the 2005 Hamilton Arts Award for Literature and the 2011 Reverend John C. Holland Award for Arts Achievement. He published two volumes of poetry: Poemstorm (Swansea, Wales, 1989) and the award-wining My Best Friend Is White (McGilligan Books, Toronto, 2005). He held a 2017 fellowship with McMaster University’s Centre for Community-Engaged Narrative Arts, and was a 2018 finalist for the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Klyde Broox lived in Hamilton.