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
Lenelle Moise 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 Moise 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
2010-2012 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: "
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.
Moise 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"
bold, unblinking eye, Lenelle Moise 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."--Leslea Newman, author of "October Mourning, A
Song for Matthew Shepard"
Praise for Lenelle Moise:
"Lenelle Moise brings fierce passion."--"New York Times"
"Piercing, covering territory both intimate and political . . . vivid and powerful."--"Curve Magazine"
"See Moise push stories from her mouth like it might save your life."--"The Root"