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Winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award

2015 Lambda Literary Award Finalist

With rhythmic poetry and intimate prose, Haiti Glass offers an unflinching look at disaster, desire, and death-defying love.

In her debut collection of verse and prose, Moïse moves deftly between 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. 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, need and process, triumph and prayer.

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 Bad Feminist

"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 Moïse'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

"The year 2014 will be hard pressed to give us a more powerful debut poetry collection than Lenelle Moïse's Haiti Glass … This is the rare book of poetry that makes one pause while reading, look up from the page, whistle low."—Courtney Gillette, Lambda Literary Review

ISBN-13: 9780872866140

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: City Lights Books

Publication Date: 04-08-2014

Pages: 84

Product Dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Series: City Lights/Sister Spit

Lenelle Moïse is an award-winning poet, playwright, essayist and internationally touring performance artist. She creates jazz-infused, hip-hop bred, politicized texts about identity, memory and magic. 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, Left Turn, and numerous other magazines and journals. A current Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow, her plays include Expatriate, Merit and The Many Faces of Nia. She lives in Northampton, MA where she was the 2010-2012 Poet Laureate. Haiti Glass is her long-awaited first book.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

haiti glass
mud mothers
adaptation
the children of immigrants
we live up here
gift a sea
for how loudly
remember noah
where our protest sound
quaking conversation
because john doe is not a haitian name
her remains
no person
life is another word
mayday
for the sore
self portrait as a heel
a pump of bony pelvis/ ode to michael jackson
silence equals death
madivinez
malden, massachusetts
seeing skinhead
elephant mourning
letter to my father (in english)
pray
desire
anahata
acknowledgments
biography