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Contents Foreword 000 Introduction: This Is Ma Trooth 000 Section One Raal Right Singin': Vernacular Poetry 000 Louise Bennett 000 Colonization in Reverse and Bans O'Killing 000 "Wat a joyful news, Miss Mattie, I feel like me heart gwine burs, Jamaica people colonizing Englan in reverse." Edward Kamau Brathwaite 000 Wings of a Dove 000 "So beat dem drums dem, spread dem wings dem, watch dem fly dem, soar dem high dem, clear in the glory of the Lord." Robert Burns 000 Auld Lang Syne, Highland Mary, and Bonnie Lesley 000 "We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, for auld lang syne." Paul Laurence Dunbar 000 "A Negro Love Song" and "When Malindy Sings" 000 "When hit comes to raal right singin', 't ain't no easy thing to do." Langston Hughes 000 "Mother to Son" and "Po' Boy Blues" 000 "When I was home de sunshine seemed like gold. Since I come up North de whole damn world's turned cold." Linton Kwesi Johnson 000 "Inglan Is a Bitch" 000 "Inglan is a bitch, dere's no escapin it" Paul Keens-Douglas 000 "Wukhand" 000 "Sah, gimme a wuk nah. Ah lookin ole but ah strong." Rudyard Kipling 000 "Tommy" 000 "Makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep, is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap." Tom Leonard 000 "The Six O'Clock News" 000 "if a toktaboot thi trooth lik wanna yoo scruff yi widny thingk it wuz troo" Mary McCabe 000 "Comin Back Ower the Border" 000 "Comin back ower the Border, the first ye ken ye're hame, it isna jist the biggins, the brick gien wey tae stane" Claude McKay 000 "Quashie to Buccra" 000 "You tas'e petater an' you say it sweet, but you no know how hard we wuk fe it" Mutabaruka 000 "Dis Poem" 000 "dis poem shall speak of the wretched sea that washed ships to these shores" Marlene Nourbese Philip 000 "Questions! Questions!" 000 "Where she, where she, where she be, where she gone?" Ntozake Shange 000 "no more love poems #1" 000 "ever since i realized there wuz someone callt a colored girl an evil woman a bitch or a nag i been tryin not to be that & leave bitterness in somebody else's cup" Section Two So Like I Say . . .: Vernacular Short Stories Charles Chesnutt 000 "Po' Sandy" 000 "W'en Mars Marrabo's chilluns growed up en married off, dey all un 'em wanted dey daddy fer ter gin 'em Sandy fer a weddin' present." Junot D¿az 000 "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" 000 "Oscar was a carajito who was into girls mad young." Patricia Grace 000 "Letters from Whetu" 000 "How slack finding myself the only one of the old gang in the sixth form. How slack and BORING." Zora Neale Hurston 000 "Spunk" and "Story in Harlem Slang" 000 "Looka theah, folkses!" cried Elijah Mosley, slapping his leg gleefully. "Theah they go, big as life an' brassy as tacks." John Kasaipwalova 000 "Betel Nut Is Bad Magic for Airplanes" 000 "We was standing about thirty of we, waiting to catch our things. We was chewing plenty buwa like civilized people. We was not spitting or making rubbish." Earl Lovelace 000 "Joebell and America" 000 "Joebell find that he seeing too much hell in Trinidad so he make up his mind to leave and go away." Rohinton Mistry 000 "The Ghost of Firozsha Baag" 000 "First time I saw a ghost here and people found out, how much fun they made of me. Calling me crazy, saying it is time for old ayah to go back to Goa, back to her muluk, she is seeing things." Mark Twain 000 "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and "A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It" 000 "I was bawn down 'mongst de slaves; I knows all 'bout slavery, 'case I ben one of 'em my own se'f." Irvine Welsh 000 "A Soft Touch" and "Granny's Old Junk" 000 "It wis good fir a while wi Katriona, but she did wrong by me." Thomas Wolfe 000 "Only the Dead Know Brooklyn" 000 "It'd take a guy a lifetime to know Brooklyn t'roo and t'roo. An' even den, yuh wouldn't know it all." Section Three I Wanna Say I Am Somebody: Selections from Vernacular Novels 000 Peter Carey 000 from True History of the Kelly Gang 000 "My 1st memory is of Mother breaking eggs into a bowl and crying that Jimmy Quinn my 15 yr. old uncle were arrested by the traps." Roddy Doyle 000 from The Snapper 000 "You should've come to us earlier-before, yeh know-an' said you were goin' to get pregnant." Alan Duff 000 from Once Were Warriors 000 "Good luck to you, white man, for being born into your sweet world, and bad luck to you, Beth Heke, for being married to an arsehole. And yet I love him. Just can't help myself, I love the black, fist-happy bastard." Jonathan Safran Foer 000 "An Overture to the Commencement of a Very Rigid Journey," from Everything is Illuminated 000 "I dig American movies. I dig Negroes, particularly Michael Jackson. I dig to disseminate very much currency at famous nightclubs in Odessa." Uzodinma Iweala 000 from Beasts of No Nation 000 "I am not bad boy. I am not bad boy. I am soldier and soldier is not bad if he is killing." Oonya Kempadoo 000 "Baywatch and de Preacher," from Tide Running 000 "Is the same sea that does reach everywhere." R. Zamora Linmark 000 "Face," from Rolling the R's 000 "You know, I one virgin when come for findin' the right words for explain that what I do and how I feel are not the same." Guatam Malkani 000 from Londonistani 000 "Shudn't b callin us Pakis, innit, n dirrty gora." Frances Molloy 000 from No Mate for the Magpie 000 "Way a wee screwed up protestant face an' a head of black hair a was born, in a state of original sin. Me ma didn't like me, but who's te blame the poor woman, sure a didn't look like a catholic wain atall." Sapphire 000 from Push 000 "I don't know what 'realism' mean but I do know what REALITY is and it's a mutherfucker, lemme tell you." Ken Saro-Wiwa 000 from Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English 000 "So, although everyone was happy at first, after some time, everything began to spoil small by small and they were saying that trouble have started." Samuel Selvon 000 from The Housing Lark 000 "But is no use dreaming. Is no use lying down there on your backside and watching the wallpaper, as if you expect the wall to crack open and money to come pouring out, a nice woman, a house to live in, food, cigarettes, rum." Section Four A New English: Essays on Vernacular Literature 000 Chinua Achebe 000 "The African Writer and the English Language" 000 Gloria Anzald¿a 000 "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" 000 James Baldwin 000 "If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?" 000 Edward Kamau Brathwaite 000 from History of the Voice: The Development of Nation Language in Anglophone Caribbean Poetry 000 Thomas Macaulay 000 from "Minute on Indian Education" 000 Gabriel Okara 000 "African Speech . . . English Words" 000 Marlene Nourbese Philip 000 "The Absence of Writing or How I Almost Became a Spy" 000 Amy Tan 000 "Mother Tongue" 000 Glossary 000 Suggestions for Further Reading 000 Acknowledgments 000
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
English-speaking countries -- Literary collections.
Dialect literature, English.