CONTENTS

CONTENTS
GALAXIES | république d’haiti
The Act of Counting
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The Sound
4
As We Wait
5
Music under Sealed Windows
6
The Violins
7
Listening to Crickets
8
She9
The City Is Mine, Jay-Z
10
Glory11
Ti Malis
12
Ten Drumbeats to God
13
Tout rivyè gen zen / All rivers have gossip
14
The Villagers and the Sleepwalker
15
On Blindness
16
Noir, une lumière
17
Ways of Rebelling
18
Bury the Bird 19
Anita’s Song
20
Lucy Ball21
Love Undone: Se Ou Mwen Vle
22
Galaxy of Men
23
Salt on the Tongue
Thierry24
Nadege25
Pascal26
Toussaint27
JanJak28
Elsie29
Jean-Baptiste30
Martine31
Frantz32
Notes to the Slave33
L’Ouverture34
Mardi Gras—Carnaval35
Mardi Gras—Voye Monte36
TWILIGHT | república dominicana
Strong Motion
39
Portrait of Stillness
40
Angela in El Cibao
41
Sugar, Sugar
42
Dimensions for Inventions
43
Traditions of Hope
44
Boys at the Intersection
45
Counting Time
46
Milagro’s Recollections
48
History of Sad Thunder
49
Amor en la Zona Colonial
50
Ta’bien Negra
52
How to Bite Hard
53
El Viejo del Malecon
54
I Am Going to Speak About Liberty
55
Pa’ya56
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Pa’lante57
Chariot on Lope de Vega
58
Last Night in San Pedro de Macorís
61
Repetitions at Colmadito #3 Calle Gaspar Polanco
62
La Carta del Capitán
64
Anacaona65
Santo Domingo
66
Yagua68
Notes71
Acknowledgments73
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