Poetry. African & African American Studies. DE BOOK OF MARY is an epic poem in Jamaican Creole based on the Biblical story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. The first book of a trilogy, Pamela Mordecai's DE BOOK OF MARY covers Mary's life from her early years, through the arrival of the Archangel Gabriel and the birth of Yeshua, to her death. A Chorus of male and female voices provides an accompanying commentary. This exciting Canadian Jamaican retelling, profound and tragic, yet told with humour and gusto, is a major event, continuing Mordecai's project of hybridizing one of the most significant cultural-religious phenomena in world history. The last book of the trilogy, de Man, about the crucifixion of Jesus, was published by Sister Vision Press in 1995 and is now out of print. The poet is currently working on de book of Joseph, second book of the trilogy.
Pamela Mordecai is a Jamaican-Canadian author who writes poetry, long and short fiction, and poems, stories and plays for children. Her poetry is featured in competitions for poetry recitation in Jamaica, Canada and the UK and is archived at Memorial University's Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning as well as the Digital Libraries of the Caribbean.