In keeping with the title of her second collection of poetry, ICONS, Shirley Small conjures memories of some of Africa’s children, the seeds and fruits dispersed across the Diaspora, and pays tribute, posthumously and in ‘real time’, to borrow 21st Century vernacular.
Icons all, the list of titles the Montreal poet, retired educator and co-founder of the local literary publication, Kola Magazine expounds, includes tributes to many of the who-is-who of Black people—historic figures and others—some better known than others, who have made their mark in the annals of Black peoples’ history in big or small ways, but all meaningful nonetheless.
Transitioned or present, their contributions to, and sacrifices for, the upliftment of Black people [in our continuing trials and tribulations] continue to inspire across generations as we walk our collective rugged path in affirming our presence and securing our human dignity and inalienable rights.
Meet Shirley Small for the Montreal launch of ICONS at a special NO GYVES PRESS & KOLA READINGS event on Saturday, August 13, 2016, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, at the UNIA Hall, 2741 Notre Dame St., West (North East corner of Notre Dame and Atwater, Metro Lionel Groulx.