An illustration by Kezia Lewis with swirling contour and ridge lines in pale and deep sky blues at the top and bottom opening onto a galaxy river of deep indigo brush marks and thistle-lilac splatters of stars.

Time Cleaves Itself, Jeda Pearl’s debut poetry collection

I’m excited and thrilled to announce that my debut poetry collection, Time Cleaves Itself, will be published by Peepal Tree Press in July 2024!

Time Cleaves Itself invites you into the split and rewoven threads of a disabled Scottish woman of colour’s intersecting, in between worlds as she navigates belonging and claiming space.

Landscapes and bodyscapes are brought into focus through lenses of race, illness, disability and womanhood.

Here lyrical acts of observation unfold with defiance, tenderness, rhythm and the occasional side-eye. The accordion of time stretches across poems that deliver a sonic meditation on memory, grief, disability, belonging and resilience.

Published by Peepal Tree Press on 4th July 2024.

The incredible artwork and cover design were created by Kezia Lewis. Kezia is a Scottish Jamaican artist, designer and facilitator. She incorporates collage, painting and illustrative techniques in her work, playing intuitively with colour and form.

Kezia really captured the spirit of this book with her beautiful artwork. She also happens to be one of my siblings so knows me well! Seeing the cover art come together was a really interesting process – we may share some behind the scenes in future. Not only do I love the colours, but also textures, shapes and lines, what the scene evokes and the ways you can interpret it…!

I’ll share more about my journey with this book in the coming months. I can’t quite believe I will soon have an actual book of my poems in libraries and bookshops!

If you have the funds (£10.99), you can pre-order on the link below. Peepal Tree Press have a great back-catalogue of fiction, prose and poetry from Caribbean authors and Black British authors, plus they’ve just joined forces with HopeRoad Publishing, so check out their other books too…

Pre-order Time Cleaves Itself

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