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Endorsements for Time Cleaves Itself

“The bounding, intelligent wondrousness of Time Cleaves Itself challenges readers who may have despaired about where song belongs in challenging times. With the appetite and exactitude we would expect more of ancient poets than nowadays, Jeda Pearl traces ammonite patterns, praises scientific endeavours, speaks from dance floor and hospital bed – no narrow thing. Perspectives click. Pearl’s speakers freely observe their observers, and move on. Swimming and flying creatures, the kestrel in the chest, the selkie self, duppies and hummingbirds: what world is this collection from from? These poems inhabit and unlock the famed energy of both Scots and Caribbean literary heritage, knowing them intertwined of old. I’m overjoyed to see poetry’s future in Jeda Pearl’s work.” – Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo

About Jeda

Jeda Pearl is a Scottish Jamaican writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her poems and stories appear in art installations and several anthologies, and her debut poetry collection, Time Cleaves Itself, is forthcoming from Peepal Tree Press. Find her online @JedaPearl or

In 2022, Jeda’s poetry was was shortlisted for the Sky Arts RSL Award and longlisted for the Women Poets’ PrizeFind out more about Jeda

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