Although written as sixty separately-titled poems -- chapters, trains-of-thought, call them what you will -- there is a narrative line of sorts. Awakened in the middle of the night by news of his father's death in New York, the writer tidies his affairs in ice-bound Montreal, takes the train south to attend his father's memorial service, then flies to the heat and color of Haiti to break the news to his mother.
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She has remained in Port-au-Prince all these years after her husband's exile by Papa Doc Duvalier half a century before, only to see her son similarly forced into exile by the dictator's son, Baby Doc. And now his return. But the very simplicity of the language, poetry that reads almost as prose or vice-versa , leaves the translator no obvious stylistic or structural guidelines to mark the difference between flat fidelity and the author's finely-tuned evocation of the sights, scents, sounds, and people of his native land.
There are charming moments, certainly: The book is full of comments about things that change, things that stay the same, and that terrible Haitian history, turning it into a land to which one can truly belong only in exile. All seen through the eyes of this middle-aged Odysseus returning to an overcrowded Ithaca where poverty and beauty go hand in hand.
I have to say that there were sections in the middle of the book where I could not discern much direction. But then at the very end, the opposite happens. The verse becomes more poetic, at one point even evoking Rimbaud.
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