MARJORIE WALTERS AUTHOR OF HIGHWAYS, BYWAYS, AND BEYOND
Marjorie ‘Da Poet’ Walters, chef, and poet. Born March 14, 1967.
The youngest of ten children, her mother died when she was incredibly young. Not living amongst her older siblings, she was adopted by Ms. Enid Goode where she migrated to Kingston.
Initially, she was homeschooled, but later she also attended Alex French Prep, Melrose All-age School, and Norman Manley Secondary School.
Due to certain circumstances, Marj was sent to the Glen Hope Place of Safety for Girls on Maxfield Ave. Later, she was again transferred to the Stratton Girls Home.
Marjorie loved reading books and turned to writing poetry, which was therapeutic, when she began to struggle with low self-esteem, peer pressure, loneliness, and anxiety. She admired the Hon. Louis Bennett Covertly aka Ms. Lou and followed her example by writing dialect poems.
Marj as she is affectionately called enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandkids, Dominic, Mackhala, and Abigail.
This book, Highways, Byways & Beyond, is dedicated to her only child, Shackeria, and three beautiful grandkids.
She hopes her poems will be an inspiration to many. And join her in holding on with firm belief to her favorite quote, “I can, I must, I will.”
Many of her poems highlight the daily struggle of Jamaican people. Murder, Roses for the Victim, and Pickney on Fire are a few of the poems that deal with the increasingly disturbing issues of crime and violence, police brutality, incest, abuse, and a number of other crippling problems experienced by people living in low-income communities.
She also shares quite a few love poems that bring focus to the game of courtship between couples. Check out Ghetto Love, Gangster Love vs. Thug Love, The Call Before Dawn, and many others.
Special thanks to those who have supported my dream throughout the years. Thank you for recognizing my creativity. Thank you for encouraging me to go forward with this book and continually supporting my work.
To my publisher and editor, Denise N. Fyffe, thank you for your time, patience, and encouragement.
To Aunty Charmaine, you’ve been there for me, first as my customer then as my friend. My gratitude to you is beyond measure.
To my sisters and brother and my adopted children Michelle and Marsha; a family can never be substituted.
Much appreciation to Yvonne and Elaine from Stratton Girls Home; as well as Ivan Shaw (TVJ) and Michael Nicholson (JCDC).
To those in the Jackson Town community and my Facebook and Instagram family, friends, and fans; your support means a lot.
May my writings be an inspiration to you all and thank you for your encouragement throughout the years.
– Marjorie Walters