Poems weaving a tapestry of African diaspora

And I Alone Escaped To Tell You
by Sylvia D. Hamilton
$19.95, paperback 96 pp.
Gaspereau Press, April 2014

And I Alone Escaped to Tell You  Sylvia D Hamiltion

The title of Sylvia D. Hamilton’s poetry collection, And I Alone Escaped To Tell You, is a verse lifted from the Book of Job, 1:15 and aptly documents the historical events, memories and lives of early Black Nova Scotians, many of whom sailed from the United States to start anew.

Hamilton’s poems weave together a tapestry of African diaspora. In “Excavation” she writes, “I am not the navigator on this journey./ I am more than a passenger, but not the captain./ Longing for that which is not, for what could have been,/ for that imagined place.”

Hamilton writes with astute grace. Her poems are a meditation on the internal and external journey, how one finds themselves in a place, and inevitably a place within themselves. How where we come from charts the landscape we inevitably call home, and how true freedom can only be experienced, within and without.

And I Alone Escaped To Tell You
by Sylvia D. Hamilton
$19.95, paperback 96 pp.
Gaspereau Press, April 2014

 

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Shannon Webb-Campbell is a mixed Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) settler poet, writer and critic. Her forthcoming book, Who Took My Sister? (Book Thug, 2018) explores Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, decolonial poetics, trauma and the land, and will be transformed into a touring classical music performance for violin and piano. Still No Word (Breakwater, 2015) was the recipient of Egale Canada’s Out In Print Award. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a BA from Dalhousie University, and studies English Literature at Memorial University. Shannon is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation and currently lives in Montreal.

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