Una Marson (1905-1965)

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Una Marson (February 6, 1905 – May 5, 1965) was a Jamaican writer, feminist, and activist, and the author of four books of poems, Tropic Reveries (1930), Heights and Depths (1932), Moth and the Star (1937), and Towards the Stars (1945). All four books are notable for their large number of love sonnets. She also wrote three plays, At What Price (1933), London Calling (1938), and Pocomania (1938). Marson spent her adult life split primarily between Jamaica (where she worked as an editor and helped promote West Indian literature), and London (where she was the first African American woman broadcaster hired by the BBC), but she did live in DC briefly during the 1950s.

More on this poet: Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/poetry/poets/names/marson-una/

written by Kim Roberts, January 2015


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