Jamaican Native Poet, Audrey McLaren has Launched her Newest Collection of Poems "I am the Djembe" at the League of Canadian Poets Annual General Meeting at St John's Newfoundland on June 20th

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Poet Audrey McLaren has delivered another inspiring book of poems. In her latest work, I am the Djembe, Audrey allows us access to the rich, complex emotional tapestry that is her life.

I Am The Djembe

Written in an earthy, almost colloquial style, the verses ring with the authentic voice of someone who has had to face the challenges of any unhappy childhood and has had to carry the scars of that experience into adult life.

"The poems are earthy and racy. They resonate with a spirit that bears close resemblance to the Audrey that so many know." They have a truth about them that is characteristic of Audrey.

"I am the Djembe speaks to us through the eyes and voices of both the child and adult." Audrey has often said in I am the Djembe, that the bare faced child has grown up to do everything she threatened to do in Bareface Pickney, her first anthology of poems. Excerpts of both books of poems can be read at her website.

Her first book, Bareface Pickney, has been described as, "Written in an earthy, almost colloquial style, the verses ring with the authentic voice of someone who has had to face the challenges of any unhappy childhood and has had to carry the scars of that experience into adult life."

Still sensitive to the cruelties of an unjust world, she continues to lament about the treatment of children and the contradictions of both home and church, she nonetheless embraces and celebrates her rich Jamaican cultural heritage.

As one of her admirers wrote, "Audrey's poems are raw, intelligent and poetically beautiful." They 're a testament to the fact that despite the lives that we are born to... we are by no means destined to live them; we can rise heroically throughout them. This is true of Audrey.'

Audrey McLaren is a graduate of Pembroke Hall Secondary School, Shortwood Teachers' College, and the University of the West Indies, where she completed a Master of Arts degree in Heritage Studies. She currently teaches in Canada.

Audrey debuts her latest book on June 20th in St. John's, Newfoundland at the League of Canadian Poets Annual General Meeting.

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