Morris, Mervyn

About Mervyn Morris

Biography (Poetry Archive)

Biography (Poem Analysis)

Biography (National Library of Jamaica)

Biography (The University of the West Indies)

Biography and Bibliography (Encyclopedia)



McKenzie, St Hope Earl. “Peelin Orange: Collected Poems.” Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 65, no. 1, Mar. 2019

Griffith, Glyne. “The Lives of Words.” Caribbean Review of Books, no. 14, Nov. 2007

Morrison, Derrilyn. “The Art of Mervyn Morris: An Examination of Two Poems.” Sargasso, no. 9, Jan. 1997



Rothe, Thomas. “‘What Seems to Be Standard English Often Isn’t’: A Conversation on Language and West Indian Literature with Jamaican Poet Mervyn Morris.” Meridional, no. 10, Apr. 2018

Westall, Claire. “An Interview with Mervyn Morris.” Wasafiri, vol. 31, no. 1, Mar. 2016

James, Louis. “Mervyn Morris in Conversation.” Wasafiri, vol. 26, no. 3, 2011

Doumerc, Eric. “An Interview with Mervyn Morris.” Kunapipi, vol. 31, no. 2, 2009

Collins, Loretta. “The Role of Creole Orature, Caribbean Performance Poetry, and Across-Class Collaborations in the Development of Jamaican Literary and Popular Arts: An Interview with Mervyn Morris.” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, vol. 6, no. 1, 1999

Mordecai, Pam. “‘The Labels Pin Them Down’: An Interview with Mervyn Morris.” Matatu, vol. 12, 1994



Lyn, Gloria. “Religion and Poetry: A Study of Mervyn Morris’s On Holy Week.” Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 1, no. 1, Oct. 1986

Salick, Roydon. “‘Balanced/in Pain’: A Study of the Male/Female Relationship in the Poetry of Mervyn Morris.” Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 1, no. 1, Oct. 1986



Short Story Collections

Is English We Speaking  and Other Essays (1993)

As editor: The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories (1990)


Poetry Collections

Peelin Orange: Collected Poems (2017)

I Been There, Sort Of (2006)

Examination Centre: Poems (1992)

Shadowboxing: Poems (1979)

On Holy Week: A Sequence of Poems for Radio (1976)

The Pond: A Book of Poems (1973)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture (2014)

“Island Voices: From St Christopher & the Barracudas.” Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 2, Jun. 2014

With Leonie Forbes. Leonie: Her Autobiography (2012)

Making West Indian Literature (2005) 

"Introduction." The Next Poetry, Mutabaruka, 2005

“A Note on ‘Dub Poetry’.” Wasafiri, vol. 26, 1997

“Mutabaruka.” Critical Quarterly, vol. 38, no. 4, 1996

A Guide to ‘Old Story Time’ (1995)

“Gender in Some Performance Poems.” Critical Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 1, 1993

“Cross-Cultural Impersonations: Pauline Melville’s Shape-Shifter.” ARIEL, vol. 24, no. 1, Jan. 1993

“Oh, Give the Girl a Chance: Jean Rhys and Voyage in the Dark.” Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 3, no. 2, Sep. 1989

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Interviewed by Mervyn Morris.” Jamaica Journal, vol. 20, no. 1, Feb. 1987

“Some West Indian Problems of Audience.” English, vol. 16, 1967


Audio and Audiovisual Material

'Inspite of Love', Read by Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris. YouTube, 1 Sep. 2017

'Toasting a Muse', Read by Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris. YouTube, 1 Sep. 2017

'Me One', Read by Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris. YouTube, 1 Sep. 2017

'Peelin Orange', Read by Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris. YouTube, 23 Mar. 2017

The Poet Laureate Presents - St. Elizabeth Library. YouTube, 27 Apr. 2017

Jamaica's Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris Gives Insight on Lorna GoodisonYouTube, 1 Jan. 2017

Interview With Mervyn Morris by Christine Randle Part 1. YouTube, 20 May 2014

Interview With Mervyn Morris by Christine Randle Part 2. YouTube, 20 May 2014

Mervyn Morris Honoured by the Jamaica Poetry Society. YouTube, 2 May 2014

Mervyn Morris Reads Poetry at Jubilation!: Marking Jamaica's Independence. YouTube, 16 Mar. 2013

Mervyn Morris Reads his Poetry. Poetry Archive, undated