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Open Gate is the first bilingual volume of Haitian Creole poetry published in English. Seven years in the making, this anthology is the result of the dedication of its editors and translators, Paul Laraque, Jack Hirschman and the Haitian poet Boadiba, as well as Max Manigat, one of the first teachers of Creole on the university level who was an invaluable advisor.

The editors focus on contemporary Creole poetry that reflects the struggle for human rights in Haiti. The book is divided into three sections: Pioneers of Modern Haitian Creole poetry, beginning with the founder of modern Haitian Creole literature, Felix Morisseu-Leroy (19131998); the flowering of Haitian poetry as represented by the literary movement, "Society of Butterflies," some of whose members were jailed or exiled by the bloody Duvalier dictatorship; and the New Generation featuring primrily those poets in the Diaspora whose work has been published in the last 15 years.

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Open Gate is the first bilingual volume of Haitian Creole poetry published in English. Seven years in the making, this anthology is the result of the dedication of its editors and translators, Paul Laraque, Jack Hirschman and the Haitian poet Boadiba, as well as Max Manigat, one of the first teachers of Creole on the university level who was an invaluable advisor.

The editors focus on contemporary Creole poetry that reflects the struggle for human rights in Haiti. The book is divided into three sections: Pioneers of Modern Haitian Creole poetry, beginning with the founder of modern Haitian Creole literature, Felix Morisseu-Leroy (19131998); the flowering of Haitian poetry as represented by the literary movement, "Society of Butterflies," some of whose members were jailed or exiled by the bloody Duvalier dictatorship; and the New Generation featuring primrily those poets in the Diaspora whose work has been published in the last 15 years.

We Pass Through A Foreigner's HouseWe go up a foreigner's steps

And find our children

Sweeping his floor

We pass through a foreigner's house

And find our paintings

On his wall

We hear our music coming from his gullet

We enter a foreigner's kitchen

And find our dove

In his cooking pot

He's trying to cook our bird alive

He's trying to smother our wild dove

Someone's lifting the lid

The dove's escaping

Leaving on the fire

An empty pot

That's burning.

About the Author

The poet Paul Laraque was born in Haiti in 1920. At present Laraque devotes his time to his writing and to his work as Secretary of the Association of Haitian Writers Abroad. Jack Hirschman authored more than 25 translations of poetry from 8 languages. His most recent book is Endless Threshold.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781880684757
Editor:
Laraque, Paul
Editor:
Hirschman, Jack
Translator:
Boadiba
Editor:
Laraque, Paul
Editor:
Hirschman, Jack
Author:
Laraque, Paul
Author:
Hirschman, Jack
Translator:
Boadiba
Publisher:
Curbstone Press
Location:
Willimantic, Conn.
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Anthologies
Subject:
Caribbean & Latin American
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Haiti
Subject:
Creole poetry, French
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Open Gate is the first bilingual volume of Haitian Creole poetry published in English. Seven years in the making, this anthology is the result of the dedication of its editors and translators, Paul Laraque, Jack Hirschman and the Haitian poet Boadiba, as well as Max Manigat, one of the first teachers of Creole on the university level who was an invaluable advisor.

The editors focus on contemporary Creole poetry that reflects the struggle for human rights in Haiti. The book is divided into three sections: Pioneers of Modern Haitian Creole poetry, beginning with the founder of modern Haitian Creole literature, Felix Morisseu-Leroy (19131998); the flowering of Haitian poetry as represented by the literary movement, "Society of Butterflies," some of whose members were jailed or exiled by the bloody Duvalier dictatorship; and the New Generation featuring primrily those poets in the Diaspora whose work has been published in the last 15 years.

We Pass Through A Foreigner's HouseWe go up a foreigner's steps

And find our children

Sweeping his floor

We pass through a foreigner's house

And find our paintings

On his wall

We hear our music coming from his gullet

We enter a foreigner's kitchen

And find our dove

In his cooking pot

He's trying to cook our bird alive

He's trying to smother our wild dove

Someone's lifting the lid

The dove's escaping

Leaving on the fire

An empty pot

That's burning.

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