For permission to reproduce extracts from the poems discussed in this book, grateful acknowledgement is made to those listed below. Page references, given in parentheses, indicate where poems are located.
Lennox Honychurch for Phyllis Shand Allfrey's 'The Gipsy to her Baby' (p. 3), 'Decayed Gentlewoman' (p. 7), 'These People are Too Stolid' (p. 18), 'Salute' (p. 20), from In Circles, London, Raven Press, 1940; 'Nocturne' (p. 1) from Contrasts, Bridgetown, Barbados, Advocate Press, 1955; 'While the Young Sleep' (p. 5), from Palm and Oak, London, the author, 1950; 'Love for an Island' (p. 2), 'The Child's Return' (p. 7), 'The White Lady' (pp. 4-5), 'Resistance' (p. 14), 'Fugitive Hummingbird' (p. 11) from Palm and Oak II, Roseau, Dominica, 1973; 'Dominica: last haunt of the Caribs' from Allfrey's unpublished papers. McClelland & Stewart and Dionne Brand for 'Land to Light On' (p. 47), from Land to Light On, Toronto, McClelland & Stewart, 1997. Merle Collins for her poem, 'Because the Dawn Breaks' (pp. 88-90), from Because the Dawn Breaks! London, Karia Press, 1985. Peepal Tree Press for Mahadai Das's 'Flute' (p. 46) from Bones, Leeds, Peepal Tree Press, 1988. New Beacon Books for Lorna Goodison's 'I Am Becoming my Mother' (p. 38), 'On Becoming a Mermaid' (p. 30) from I Am Becoming my Mother, London, New Beacon, 1986; 'Farewell Wild Woman (1)' (p. 49) from Heartease, London, New Beacon, 1988. Marlene Nourbese Philip for her poems, 'Poisson' (p. 3) from Thorns, Toronto, Williams-Wallace, 1980; 'She' (p. 5) and 'Planned Obsolescence' (p. 36) from Salmon Courage, Toronto, Williams-Wallace, 1983; 'Discourse on the Logic of Language' (pp. 56-9) and 'Meditations' (p. 53) from She Tries Her Tongue: Her Silence Softly Breaks, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Ragweed, 1989. Grace Nichols for 'epigraph' (p. 4), 'These Islands' (p. 31), 'Skin-teeth' (p. 50), 'Like a Flame' (p. 37), 'epilogue' (p. 80) from i is a long memoried woman, London, Karnak House, 1983; Grace Nichols and Virago Press for 'Beauty' (p. 7) from The Fat Black Woman's Poems, London, Virago, 1984; 'Configurations' (p. 31), 'On Poems and Crotches' (p. 16), 'Who Was It?' (p. 6), 'Ode to My Bleed' (p. 24) from Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Woman, London, Virago, 1989.
Although I have made every effort to locate copyright holders, I have failed to establish contact in a few cases, and offer my apologies.