This Strange Land
These poems probe the definition of Motherland. McCallum homogenizes childhood memories of her native Jamaica with a revised understanding of danger and corruption, teasing out notions of history, language, motherhood, rupture, memory, identity. She weaves new cloth of oral tradition, struggling to arrange a comfort zone within the foreign manufactures of suburbia. Hers is the skilled music of a master.
Alice James Books
McCallum, Shara, "This Strange Land" (2009). Faculty Books. 16.