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The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United Statesby Edwidge Danticat
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In four sections--Childhood, Migration, First Generation, and Return--the contributors to this anthology write powerfully, often hauntingly, of their lives in Haiti and the United States.Jean-Robert Cadet's description of his Haitian childhood as a restavec--a child slave--in Port-au-Prince contrasts with Dany Laferriere's account of a ten-year-old boy and his beloved grandmother inPetit-Gove. We read of Marie Helene Laforest's realization that while she was white in Haiti, in the United States she is black. Patricia Benoit tells us of a Haitian woman refugee in a detention center who has a simpleneed for a red dress--dignity. The reaction of a man who has married the woman he loves is the theme of Gary Pierre-Pierre's The White Wife; the feeling of alienation is explored in Made Outside by FrancieLatour. The frustration of trying to help those who have remained in Haiti and of the do-gooders who do more for themselves than the Haitians is described in Babette Wainwright's Do Something for Your Soul, Go to Haiti.The variations and permutations of the divided self of the Haitian emigrant are poignantly conveyed in this unique anthology.
An anthology of thirty-three essays and poems that explore the Haitian TmigrT experience focuses on four separate themes--Childhood, Migration, First Generation, and Return--in works by Jean-Robert Cadet, Marie Helen Laforest, Patricia Benoit, Gary Pierre-Pierre, Francie Latour, Babette Wainwright, and other writers. Original. 12,500 first printing.
Table of Contents
Present past future / Marc Christophe — Dyaspora / Joanne Hyppolite — Restavk / Jean-Robert Cadet — Homelands / Marie-Heĺne Laforest — Bonne Année / Jean-Pierre Benot — Haiti : a memory journey / Assotto Saint — Black crows and zombie girls / Barbara Sanon — Another ode to salt / Danielle Legros Georges — America, we are here / Dany Laferrire — A cage of words / Joel Dreyfuss — The red dress / Patricia Benot — Something in the water ... reflections of a people's journey / Nikl Payen — Haiti : a cigarette burning at both ends / Marie Ketsia Théodore-Pharel — My suitcases / Maude Heurtelou — The white wife / Gary Pierre-Pierre — You and me against the world / Martine Bury — Mashe Petyon / Katia Ulysse — Pour water on my head : a meditation on a life of painting and poetry / Marilene Phipps — Chainstitching / Phebus Etienne — Made outside / Francie Latour — The million man march / Anthony Calypso — In search of a name / Miriam Neptune — Reporting silence / Leslie Casimir — Vini nou bl / Annie Grégroire — Home is ... / Sophia Cantave — Map viv : my life as a Nyabinghi Razette / Marie Nadine Pierre — Exiled / Sandy Alexandre — Lost near the sea / Leslie Chasagne — Adieu Miles and good-bye democracy / Patrick Sylvain — Looking for Columbus / Michel-Rolph Trouillot — Do something for your soul, go to Haiti / Babette Wainwright — A poem about why I can't wait / Gina Ulysse — Lazarus rising : an open letter to my daughter / Myriam J.A. Chancy.
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