Lillian Allen Demo

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Lillian Allen is no stranger to border crossing. Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Allen moved to New York City in 1968 before settling in Canada in the early 1970s. But as this compilation of performances at two disparate locations—the Canadian League of Poets Benefit (1990) and the 15th Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (1990)—illustrates, Allen’s border crossings also transcend institutional, political, and aesthetic enclosures. Through both form and content, Allen’s dub poetry speaks a language of political intersectionality. Often credited with opening up the dub form to feminist content and sensibilities, Allen has also been at the forefront of the struggle to have dub poetry recognized as a literary form. Just six year’s prior to her reading at the Canadian League of Poets, Allen and fellow dub poets Clifton Joseph and Devon Haughton were refused membership in the League on the grounds that they were performers rather than poets. The League’s refusal of membership exposes the ways in which normative assumptions about poetry and literature construct borders of inclusion and exclusion based in hierarchical norms of class, culture, and race. Notably, in 1992, the League awarded Allen the Foremother of Canadian Poetry prize. The documentation of performances at the Canadian League of Poets Benefit includes readings of the poems "Dark Winds" and "Jazz Poem," while the documentation of the 15th Michigan Womyn's Festival includes the Reggae Dub Poetry pieces (with musical backup) "Fine Mary," "Nellie Belly Swelly," and "Birth Poem."


Additional Info

  • Título: Lillian Allen Demo
  • Alternate Title: Demo
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duração: 00:45:45
  • Idioma: English
  • Data da performance: 1990
  • Type/Format: performance, film
  • Cast/Performers: Lillian Allen, creator.
  • Credits: Lillian Allen, performer.