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 books include: Still No Word (Breakwater 2015), the recipient of Eagle Canada’s Out in Print Award, and I Am A Body of Land (Book*hug 2018). Shannon holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, and is currently completing a MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is the editor of Visual Arts News Magazine, and currently lives in Montreal.

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