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New Trade Paper
Available April 2014
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Haiti Glass (City Lights/Sister Spit)by Lenelle Moise
Synopses & Reviews
This is prose and verse that moves deftly between girlhood memories of growing up as a Haitian immigrant in the suburbs of Boston, to bearing witness to brutality and catastrophe, to intellectual, playful explorations of pop culture enigmas like Michael Jackson and Jean Michel Basquiat. Lenelle Moïse is at home everywhere and bears witness to all, be it the presence of a skinhead on the subway, a newspaper account of unthinkable atrocity, or the "noose loosened to necklace" of desire. The cut of Haiti Glass lays bare a world of resistance and survival, mourning and lust, poverty, triumph, and prayer.
Lenelle Moïse is an award-winning poet, playwright, essayist, and nationally touring performance artist who creates jazz-infused, hip-hop bred, politicized texts about Haitian American identity, creative resistance, and the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory, and spirit. Her poems and essays are featured in several anthologies, including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution and We Don't Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists. Her writing has also been published in the Utne Reader, Make/Shift Magazine, Left Turn, and numerous other magazines and journals. She currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she was the 20102012 Poet Laureate. While her screenplays and plays have been published to acclaim, this is her long-awaited first book of poetry.
Praise for Haiti Glass:
"Haiti Glass is a magnificent collection of poetry and prose. Part mantra, part lamentation, part prayer, this incredible book puts us wholly in the presence of an extraordinary and brave talent, whose voice will linger in your heart and mind long after you read the last word of this book. "—Edwidge Danticat
"Very powerful poetry and prose. The spoken word cadence to many of the poems works really well on the page. Moïse takes up the complexities of Haitian culture, the immigrant experience, sexuality and gender, and bearing witness. Highly recommended."—Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State
"With a bold, unblinking eye, Lenelle Moïse shows us the tragic yet beautiful world in which we live and challenges us not to turn away, but to turn towards with hope, compassion, and love. With all my heart, I thank her for writing these poems."—Lesléa Newman, author of October Mourning, A Song for Matthew Shepard
"Haiti Glass is a book fierce with ambition: make the reader feel Haiti, make the reader think Haiti, make the reader understand Haiti. Lenelle Moise's poems render the abstract- policy, disaster, history, diaspora- specific. Her words make the political not just personal, but corporeal: the beautiful system of the human body as canvas and subject, perfect in all its attendant complications and complexity, and still ruled, undeniably, by a warm, beating heart."—Erin McKeown, musician
Praise for Lenelle Moïse:
"Lenelle Moïse brings fierce passion."—New York Times
"Piercing, covering territory both intimate and political . . . vivid and powerful."—Curve Magazine
"See Moïse push stories from her mouth like it might save your life."—The Root
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With rhythmic poetry and intimate prose, Haiti Glass offers an unflinching look at disaster, desire, and death-defying love.
About the Author
Lenelle Moïse is an award-winning poet, playwright, essayist and nationally-touring performance artist. She is the recipient of the 2010 Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry and a 2010 Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival fellow. She currently lives in Northampton, MA here she is the 2010-2012 Poet Laureate.
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