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Book Review: “Make the World New, The Poetry of Lillian Allen” (Canada)

Canada’s Poet Laureate 2023

Title: Make the World New – The Poetry of Lillian Allen: A Journey of Black Feminism and Diaspora

Author: Lillian Allen
Genre: Poetry, Memoir
Publication Date: [2021]
In “Make the World New – The Poetry of Lillian Allen,” one of Canada’s leading creative Black feminists, Lillian Allen, takes readers on a captivating journey through her life, art, and the intricate tapestry of the Black diaspora. With roots in Kingston, Jamaica, and experiences in London and Toronto, Allen’s poetry reflects the diverse cultural influences that have shaped her unique voice.

This book serves as both a memoir and a collection of poetry, intertwining the story of Allen’s first book with her present-day reflections. Through her powerful words, she explores the struggles, triumphs, and resilience of Black women, shedding light on the intersectionality of race, gender, and identity.

Allen’s poetry is a force to be reckoned with. Her words are a call to action, challenging societal norms and advocating for social justice. She fearlessly tackles issues such as racism, sexism, and inequality, while also celebrating the beauty and strength of Black culture. Her verses are imbued with a rhythmic quality, reminiscent of the oral traditions of her Jamaican heritage, making her poetry both accessible and captivating.

What sets “Make the World New” apart is Allen’s ability to seamlessly weave her personal narrative into her poetry. She shares intimate details of her upbringing, and her visions of futuristic possibilities, provoke thoughts and ideas, of how we simply, can work things out for the better. A FANTASTIC read!

Maxine A. Moncrieffe aka Maxwanette A Poetess

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