Certifiable pushes collective ideas of the human condition — white/black, sane/mad, Canadian/Jamaican — into a matrix of unstereotyped experience where we manoeuvre only by dead reckoning and by the light of the word. In language guided by the creole soundscape, Mordecai’s poems explore the truths hidden beneath the ideal of love, the fullness of sisterhood, and the intimate knowledge of little and big madnesses.
“Sharp-witted… [Mordecai] uses rhyme and metre comfortably, applying these old devices to archly contemporary language… verifiably fine.”
– Chronicle Herald
“In Certifiable, language is both weapon and redeemer. Pamela Mordecai’s facility with language, her striking rhythms and word play, and, above all, her wicked humour lift Certifiable from the pull of madness to the divine.”
“Very rich linguistically, imaginatively, and thematically.”
“Rhythmic verve combined with linguistic vivacity both recreates experience — heady, sensuous, intoxicating, dangerous, painful — and contains it, wittily and wisely.”
“Certifiable invokes subversive, irreverent, but infinitely lyrical Jamaican women’s voices and affirms their singing, not to deny suffering, but to give account of it, in a complex emotional landscape and without sumission or despair.”