Jamaican Poetry : Pained to tears


I hide my pain even from myself, until a tear escapes and so follows the rest.- Poetess Denise Fyffe

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What Jamaican Writers need to know about their rights and Jamcopy


jamcopy 11By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2013, Denise N. Fyffe

If you are a Jamaican writer and you do not know about Jamcopy, then you are at a serious disadvantage. Jamcopy is the organization which looks out for the interest of every registered Jamaican writer. They have been climbing to new heights and achieving their goals as it relates to managing the reproduction rights of creators and publishers whose works are published in print.

So, what is Jamcopy all about?

JAMCOPY, the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency, is the national rights management organization in the text and image sphere. Constituted as non-profit entity under Jamaican Law and in accordance with the Jamaica Copyright Act of 1993, JAMCOPY was established to manage the reproduction rights of creators and publishers whose works are published in print. We work to protect and facilitate seamless access to copyright content – from academic works, through newspaper articles, novels and sheet music, to photographs and illustrations, in particular for large scale copying of works including digital uses.

Through our intervention, creators and publishers are enabled to meet the needs of their users (government, libraries, universities, colleges, schools, businesses, etc.) in a constantly changing environment, by means of a flexible, efficient and convenient mechanism, within the framework of copyright law. In so doing, JAMCOPY encourages ongoing creation of new works, promotes respect for the rights of those that bring this material to the public, and fosters a viable and efficient marketplace for intellectual property.

JAMCOPY, the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency, is a collective management organization and Jamaica’s national Reproduction Rights Organisation (RRO). It was set up by creators and publishers of materials published in printed form, to manage their reproduction rights. The Jamaica Copyright Act 1993 gives all creators sole and exclusive right to publish and reproduce their work in any form.

Through its licences, JAMCOPY provides a centralised, easy and affordable mechanism through which users have access to, and can legally reproduce extracts of, copyright material published in print – books, periodicals and journals. The proceeds from the licence are distributed to copyright holders after deduction of administration costs.

JAMCOPY is full member of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO). (IFRRO), an international network of RROs and associated organizations. JAMCOPY is also a founding partner in the Jamaica Anti-Piracy Alliance. (More on their website …)

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Seaview Gardens: Dinning on breakfast in the Sunroom

breakfast in the sunroom

This week was exhausting. No one told me that wielding a paint brush and hauling paint tins, would be such a work out. After painting windows, walls and floors for three days, my body ached.

So, it was with pleasure that I supped in the evening cool of said room. As the evening stars peeked out of the Caribbean night sky, I bit into freshly fried plantains and eggs. Only briefly was I deterred from my enjoyment after realizing, from my third bite, that I did not add salt or pepper to my eggs.

After scurrying to the kitchen, I came back to acquaint myself with the couch and enjoy my evening breakfast under the stars.

Cool comfort flowed through my lips and down my throat. The lingering grapefruit taste was one of my favorite.

As I literally bit off more than I could chew, from this twin plantain, I listened to the distant rumblings of thunder. All promise from a rain, which seems to fall everywhere else, except in Seaview Gardens.

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Seaview Gardens: Summer 2016, Constructing Labour Day Project


As the heat intensifies, the changes on my mom’s house progresses.

I thought it too much, to expect us to bear this persistent summer’s heat under the present conditions. According to official weather records, earth has seen 12 straight months of record temperatures in 137 years, of record keeping. The planet is only getting hotter.

So, I am making major, but cost efficient changes to the house; until I can build us an AC-ed mansion on the hill.

Since Friday, I added on a patio or veranda section to the house, so that we can leave the original front door and windows open in the nights.

The construction is not yet complete, however, today there was a vast difference with the air circulation.

I will share the pictures below.

Denise N. Fyffe

As the heat intensifies, the changes on my mom’s house progresses.

I thought it too much, to expect us to bear this persistent summer’s heat under the present conditions. According to official weather records, earth has seen 12 straight months of record temperatures in 137 years, of record keeping. The planet is only getting hotter.

So, I am making major, but cost efficient changes to the house; until I can build us an AC-ed mansion on the hill.

Since Friday, I added on a patio or veranda section to the house, so that we can leave the original front door and windows open in the nights.

The construction is not yet complete, however, today there was a vast difference with the air circulation.

I will share the pictures below.

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Seaview Gardens: Summer 2016, Roshan and Biscayne Bay on Double Duty by Denise Fyffe


I lie in bed, feeling like a beached dolphin. The heat is caressing my skin in the most intimate ways; it’s intolerable.

My handyman, jack of all trades and community troublemekker, Manny, came by this weekend, because I had to pull em out, fix em up and plug em in. What you ask?

My fans! Without them, I would be like a wilted flower. Thank God for them.

In Jamaica, the Corporate Area anyway; having a house fan is a must. In Seaview Gardens it is a necessity. However, in the summer months, one needs backup and even an air conditioning unit, if you can afford it.

My fans have been buzzing for at least 120 hours. I dear not turn them off. It’s that time of year when Roshan and Biscayne Bay will work like the Israelite slaves, when Pharaoh said, make bricks with no straw!

Merciless!

Believe me, Jamaican fans are built to last. They will have to. It’s only early May and if 2015 was any indication, this heatwave will drought us until November.

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Seaview Gardens: Summer 2016, Melting Popsicle by Denise N. Fyffe


I feel like a Popsicle that has been licked and discarded in the park at high noon. Icky!

melting popsicle

My pillows are drinking my sweat and 2:00 a.m. feels more like 12:00 noon. It is just the first week in May and already the temperatures are unbearable. Two weeks ago, the temperatures in Seaview Gardens jumped up a few notches. The nights were no longer mildly cool; they are now quite toasty. Sheets are no longer an options.

How am I going to manage this Summer 2016?

I know the people in the Middle East have more to complain about, but this island girl is burning up, like forgotten plantains on the stove.

I pray we get some relief soon.

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Seaview Gardens: April Showers or Trickles? by Denise N. Fyffe


Summer in Jamaica, unofficially, starts mid April. Over the last three years, the heat sits upon the land, like a fat rhino in labour, refusing to budge.

rhino in summer

 

April showers has been downgraded to April trickles. Kingston and St. Andrew sees very little rain compared to previous years. Seaview Gardens sees even less. Last year, we had a devastating drought, which led to water lock offs all over the island.

I don’t think we will fear well this year.

I remember, even up to four years ago, driving through morning traffic, playing dandy shandy with pedestrians as they try to evade raindrops. The corporate area traffic would crawl at snails pace, as the skies weep their troubles.

rain-traffic

We would be listening to the news and praying for the  houses, set precariously on gully banks; then sigh at the evening news reports of people, even children lost…washed away in the gullies out to sea and rivers.

I wonder if Jamaicans area taking note of this global epidemic and how can this country of suppose wood and water counter this unholy attack?

The Arctic decreases in mileage everyday. The temperatures rise every summer countries like London see record breaking temperatures every year.

global-cooling

How will we fear come hurricane season? Will we see more? Or none at all. Will the African continent manage to belch out more Category 5 hurricanes this year?

You know heat draws them to the West don’t you?

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