Goodison, Lorna

About Lorna Goodison

Biography (Voices from the Gaps)

Welsh, Louise. “Louise Welsh meets Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison.” The National, 7 Apr. 2019



Tuhus-Dubrow, Rebecca. “By Love Possessed: Stories.” The New York Times, 14 Dec. 2012

Shara McCallum. “Family Treasure.” The Caribbean Review of Books, May 2008

Fugard, Lisa. “Mama Goodie.” The New York Times, 30 Mar. 2008

Laughlin, Nicholas. “Living Words.” The Caribbean Review of Books, Nov. 2006

Baugh, Edward. “Making Life.” The Caribbean Review of Books, Feb. 2006

Almendarez, Ayme. “Selected Poems Lorna Goodison.” Voices from the Gaps, 2005

Olson, Kara. “To Us, All Flowers Are Roses.” Voices from the Gaps, 2005

Hubbard, Jason. “Baby Mother and the King of Swords by Lorna Goodison.” Voices from the Gaps, 2004



Dawes, Kwame. “Lorna Goodison.” Talk Yuh Talk: Interviews with Anglophone Caribbean Poets, Dawes (ed.), 2001

Laughlin, Nicholas. “’I know That Language is True’.” The Caribbean Review of Books, Aug. 2008

DeCaires Narain, Denise. “Lorna Goodison with Denise deCaires Narain.” Writing Across Worlds: Contemporary Writers Talk, Nasta (ed.), 2004



Domínguez-Rosado, Brenda. Sufism as Lorna Goodison’s Alternative Poetic Path to Hope and Healing, 2019

Morrison, Anthea. “’Remember Us in Motherland’: Africa Revisited in Goodison’s Oracabessa.” Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 24, no. 1, 2016

Pollard, Velma. “To Us, All Flowers are Roses. Writing Ourselves into the Literature of the Caribbean.” Caribbean Literary Discourse: Voice and Cultural Identity in the Anglophone Caribbean, Lalla et al. (eds.), 2014

Campbell, Christina. “Swaddling: On Lorna Goodison’s Womanly Poetics.” Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 22, no. 2, 2014

Bergam, Marija. “Transplantations: Vegetation Imagery in the Poetry of Derek Walcott and Lorna Goodison.” European Journal of English Studies, vol. 16, no. 2, 2012

Fenwick, Mac. “Simply There: Lorna Goodison’s Gardens.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 46, no. 3, 2011

DeCaires Narain, Denise. “Wordy, Worldly Women Poets: Louise Bennett, Lorna Goodison, and Olive Senior.” The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, Bucknor and Donnell (eds.), 2011

Paquet, Sandra Pouchet. “Sewing Up Questions of Cultural Identity: Lorna Goodison’s From Harvey River.” Small Axe, vol. 14, no. 2, 2010

Shamma, Yasmine. “Drenched: Wet Poetries of Lorna Goodison and Olive Senior.” Caribbean Without Borders: Literature, Language and Culture, Smith et al. (eds.), 2009

Hodges, Hugh. “Start-Over. Possession Rites and Healing Rituals in the Poetry of Lorna Goodison.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 36, no. 2, 2005

Chukwu, Hannah, and Susan Gingell. “Our Mother’s Kitchens and the Domestic Creative Continuum: A Reading of Lorna Goodison’s Turn Thanks.” ARIEL, vol. 36, no. 3-4, 2005

McNeilly, Kevin. “Word Jazz 5: Lorna Goodison Leaves off Miles Davis.” Canadian Literature, vol. 182,  2004

Kuwabong, Dannabang. “From the Depths of Anxiety Valley to the Pinnacle of Heartease Mountain: Lorna Goodison’s Poetry of Release.” Sargasso, 2001

Bobb, June. “’No Choice but to Sing’: Symbolic Geographies and Lorna Goodison’s Wild Women.” Sargasso, 2001

Baugh, Edward. “Goodison’s Rituals of Redemption.” Sargasso, 2001

DeCaires Narain, Denise. “Delivering the Word: The Poetry of Lorna Goodison.” The Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature, Donnell and Welsh (eds.), 1996



Autobiography/Life Writing

From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island (2009)


Short Story Collections

By Love Possessed: Stories (2012)

Fool-Fool Rose Is Leaving Labour-in-Vain Savannah (2005)

Baby Mother and the King of Swords (1990)


Poetry Collections

Collected Poems (2017)

Oracabessa (2013)

Supplying Salt and Light (2013)

Goldengrove: New and Selected Poems (2006)

Controlling the Silver (2005)

Guinea Woman: New and Selected Poems (2000)

Turn Thanks (1999)

To Us, All Flowers are Roses (1995)

Selected Poems (1992)

Poems (1989)

Heartease (1988)

I Am Becoming My Mother (1986)

Tamarind Season (1980)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

Redemption Ground: Essays and Adventures (2018)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

“Lorna Goodison: Jamaican Poet Laureate.” BBC, 29 Aug. 2017

“Lorna Goodison, Convocation 2019 Honorary Degree Recipient.” YouTube, 14 Jun. 2019

“Lorna Goodison Performs at Words Aloud 10.” YouTube, 7 Jan. 2014

From Harvey River Read by Lorna Goodison.” YouTube, 7 May 2008