Other literary forms
Michelle Cliff writes in a wide variety of genres including essays, novels, short stories, and literary criticism as well as poetry. She began writing after having read an article about Jamaica that she felt did not portray Jamaica as she had known it. In all of her writings, she depicts the real Jamaica as she believes it to be and elucidates what it means to be Jamaican. Throughout her works, she addresses the problems of oppression, colonialism, postcolonialism; prejudice in regard to color, race, gender, and sexual orientation; and the loss of oral history. In her novels, in particular, she treats the need for revising mainstream history to include the lost oral history of the oppressed and ostracized. Cliff is also recognized as an important literary critic.