"Hadriana in All My Dreams" by René Depestre

This book has been a source of laughter and intrigue during my summer read. In the way that it humorously juxtaposes Haitian Vodou with Catholicism, "Hadriana in All My Dreams" shows how the "real marvelous" enriches Haitian culture. With echoes of "A Hundred Years of Solitude" throughout, this is yet another great translation by Kaiama Glover who continues to make Haitian literature accessible to audiences worldwide. Happy Summer!

Seydou Keïta & Malick Sidibé

Caroline's Wedding is an attempt to explore Haitian-American memory on the screen. Photographs will play an important part in the film since for many immigrants it's all we have of the past. During my research for Caroline's Wedding I have been fascinated with photographer's Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé both Malian photographers. Their photographs are playful, full of gestures, and they capture such individual personalties. Happy Sunday! 

Image by Seydou Keita

Image by Seydou Keita

Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren

Poem by Janaïe Orgella Illustrated by Rogé      

Poem by Janaïe Orgella
Illustrated by Rogé

 

 

 

I love…
A flower, a fruit, a cottage, a man
A multitude of things
The color purple
A small house of straw
A red bird on my roof
A flamboyant
Mauve-yellow, red-pink blossom
One flower, a bouquet of flowers
A green fig
A green window
A thatched cottage of stone
A red mango, another green
An adorned, verdant countryside
A living root
A better life
A country