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The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States | Edwidge Danticat
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In five sections—Childhood, Migration, Half/First Generation, Return, and Future—the thirty-three contributors to this anthology write movingly, often hauntingly, of their lives in Haiti and the United States. Their dyaspora, much like a butterfly's fluctuating path, is a shifting landscape in which there is much travel between two worlds, between their place of origin and their adopted land. This compilation of essays and poetry brings together Haitian-Americans of different generations and backgrounds, linking the voices for whom English is a first language and others whose dreams will always be in French and Kreyòl. Community activists, scholars, visual artists and filmmakers join renowned journalists, poets, novelists and memoirists to produce a poignant portrayal of lives in transition. Edwidge Danticat, in her powerful introduction, pays tribute to Jean Dominique, a sometime participant in the Haitian dyaspora and a recent martyr to Haiti's troubled politics, and the many members of the dyaspora who refused to be silenced. Their stories confidently and passionately illustrate the joys and heartaches, hopes and aspirations of a relatively new group of immigrants belonging to two countries that have each at times maligned and embraced them. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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“What will I tell you/ When you ask me/ Father, speak to us of Haiti?/ Then my eyes sparkling with pride/ I would love to tell you/ Of the blue mornings of my country/ When the mountains stretch out/ Lazily/ In the predawn light/ The waterfalls flowing/ With freshness/ The fragrance of molasses-filled coffee/ In the courtyards/ The fields of sugar cane/ Racing/ In cloudy waves/ Towards the horizon... - Marc Christophe, “Present Past Future” #haiti

Kimzey Subtitle is: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States. 2y
Mdargusch Nice photo! 🦋 2y
Kimzey @Mdargusch Thanks! Thought I‘d feature some metal art from Haiti. 2y
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