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Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, The Dew Breaker, Create Dangerously, and Claire of the Sea Light. She is also the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, Best American Essays 2011, Haiti Noir,and Haiti Noir 2. She has written four books for young adults and children, Anacaona, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She is a 2009 MacArthur fellow. This year, she will publish a picture book, Mama's Nightingale, and a young adult novel, Untwine.


This poem was originally published in English in The Progressive Magazine in April 2012.