Jamaica / 1999
Originally published in her collection, Turn Thanks, “The Mango of Poetry” compares the art of poetry to the pleasure of peeling and eating a ripe mango. By comparing poetry to a tree that bears therapeutic fruit, Goodison asserts poetry as something that soothes, comforts and brings simple pleasure.
Born 1947 in Jamaica, Lorna Goodison has published 12 books of poetry. She is also a painter. Much of her poetry and prose deals with the power of art and with Jamaican culture and history.