Readings by Jorge Cortinas, Marie Theodore, Helen Klonaris, Louie Laveist, Kim Robinson-Walcott, Marceau Silen, Deborah Jack, Celia Alvarez, Susan Brown, Lianne Dookie, and Hazel Simmons-MacDonald (1996)
From - UM Libraries
Jorge Cortinas, a Cuban-American playwright, reads three short pieces, one of them a poem title "Islands Called Static." Marie Theodore, a student at University of Massachusetts at Boston, reads a short story, "In the Hand of the Sower of Death." A child recalls when Grandfather tells a folklore-story about how Haiti got its geographical shape. Following a brief interruption to change venues, Helen Klonaris, writer, singer-songwriter, and social activist from Nassau, Bahamas, reads a poem beginning "This Night I Call Four Walls Together" (and reads it a second time upon request by the audience), another unnamed poem, followed by "Redemption," "A Love Poem," "Low Tide," and "Don't." Louie Laveist, playwright-actor of Great Bay (Philipsburg), Sint Martin, founder of the United Theatre Company, and member of parliament of the Territory of the Netherlands Antilles, reads two sections from a play ("Bondage"?) he wrote at the University of Miami based on AIDS prevention. A young man has a sexual encounter, and a year later receives a terrifying phone call. He talks with a friend who advises him that safe sex is essential. Dr. Kim Robinson-Walcott, editor of The Jamaica Journal, reads from a story called "The Red Dress." A woman tries to keep her husband interested by working out, losing weight, and wearing a sexy red dress, but their marriage dies. Then she is attracted by another man and finds she must lose weight again. When she gets to join him at a conference reception, she hopes her interest in him is reciprocated. Marceau Silen reads "Bomba," "Yaruma Leaves," "Healing," and "Puerto Rico, a Nation." Dr. Sandra Paquet of the University of Miami introduces the next set of readers. Artist-poet Deborah Jack, a public relations officer of Sint Martin (Netherlands Antilles), reads an unnamed poem which begins "I don't know which is the greater tragedy," followed by another unnamed poem which begins "This is not a love poem for the weak," then "Bitter Fruit," "Train Ride," and "So Much You Don't Know." Celia Alvarez, a University of Miami teaching assistant, reads a short story entitled "How To Survive Your First Year at UM." Susan Brown, poet of Coral Gables, Florida (originally from Frederiksted, St. Croix), reads "Quick Stick," "Kinds of Love," "In the Bush of Butler Bay," "Wild Thing" (which on the video is read twice, the second time on another stage), and "The Fable of the Thinking Land Crab." Lianne Dookie of the University of Miami reads parts of short stories. Hazel Simmons-MacDonald of the University of the West Indies reads "Metaphors for Poetry," "Rejection," "Sea Dream," "Feathers for Katherine," "Dream Seasons," "Wild Song," and "Orchid."