Our Caribbean: a gathering of lesbian and gay writing from the Antilles

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Our Caribbean: a gathering of lesbian and gay writing from the Antilles
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Several reviews of Our Caribbean scanned from the original formats
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English
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Thomas Glave
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Thomas Glave ( donor )
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Duke University Press
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Caribbean

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Funding:
Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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These reviews are shared by Thomas Glave

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Caribbean IRN
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Caribbean IRN
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All rights reserved by the source institution.
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LAMBDA
BOOK RE PORT

A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY LESBIAN AND GAY LITERATURE VOLUME 16, ISSUE 4 $10 USA/ $15 CAN
Andrea L.T. Pote.,on intervi-v,,,
ELLEN HART


RIGOBERTO
GONZALEZ


JUDY GRAHN
L, v ik i Schimiel reports on
LAMBDA LIBROS
Ne'w Book by
THOMAS GLAVE, JOHN MORGAN WILSON,
MAUREEN SEATON, TERESA STORES,
GERRI HILL, GREG HERREN, STEPHANIE GRANT,
CATHERINE FRIEND, SCOTT POMFRET,
DAVID FRANCIS, and MANY MORE








LAMBDA BOOK REPORT SPRING 2009 PAGE 11


The award-winning Ja-

maican-American ;. :
and .I I... writer Thomas

A <" "'*: : i Li:.tnn and Gay
'. - and G, s most recent project
Wuitiu from the ":.::l- ..,
is Our Caribbean: A Gather-
Edited and with an Introduction by A Gay Wr-
T:.,: of Lesbian and Gay Writ-
Thomas Glave A e.
.. from the Antilles. 1. .
coke Unversity ss$24 95 brings l..... :.. thirty-sev-
IS8N-13 978-0822347267
Pape back, 416pp en 1', ,- *h=::,'* one he

penned himself, represent-

,u:i. .'v -i : -.. -i L. (h t? :. an impressive array of

voices and %i ..: .... and

,i ; across an equal-

ly impressive I ..--..-..'. .1 (and hence trans-cultural, and trans-na-

i terrain.

i: .. 1.i . i. . from i ,. 6,.. .., -, of .. -i..,Pifiera's

short story ::- Face," to very contemporary .. .. from the

sexual, cultural and political .... '. for en, : : i, and queer

;.-', .: ,. ., in such !: i -.. sites as the I .n:,i i.... Jamaican

and Surinamese homelands and their .... r -i North American)

diasporas.

this reason alone, the collection makes a welcome contribu-

tion to the emerging bodies of work that '. the contours of

what we take to be the ..... ..i* .:-; and ., ..f *. :'-. .. .. .of trans-

national and diasporic becoming, :.... and otherwise, across places

.i .,,...i ,. i ii. _._longer conform so,. ..:1,' I.:. traditionalcat-

-,. . .!. .. certainly, but also .' ... and "Latin," and



Clearly -.t has cast Our ...,. ...... in the .*- : .. .posses-

sive plural, to echo the famous 1890's invocation by Cuban national

hero Jose Marti of an ..'.-. i America," an alternative, Latin America

that Marti 1:.. .' to counter to the i ;',. Anglo superpower to the

north. Glave perhaps skews his axis a bit, i. ... the north-south

binary by ....... ...:- that these ._, .. **. -:i ..:-. m ean,

and .1: .... far less in terms of conceptual 1. :I than they used

to: the "' .- I,. ..i' be said to i:! "from the '. .= in -i.

but much of it was written either in the US or in .. in already

i' ; ;. ;._.i .,..* -. .1... .. ,-..,,:' enclaves i'. Haitian N ew York

(in Assotto Saint's piece). :*:i i Chicago (in Achy Obejas') and Bar-

badian Toronto (in Rinaldo Walcott's). Glave's antho-logical ., 1..

thus might be said to "queer" the -.,. :v.' =,.. in part".. ....

its 0,. :, ;... ,'h.. 'l function, and .ii. i, readers instead a tex-

tual, cultural s... i :.. ',i '....,:,, ... that reveals a .- .,'. anchored

. ,',, ,. in the common l. of survival, of communities hav-

ing ..- i past the .' -*. I' i':. and murdering violence(s) of slavery,

racism, ,I. :: i.'-::' class and gender exploitation, exile, and ho-

mophobia.

In :'':-.-,., so crowded a gathering, a reader might be a little

H'.'-'.1 .. to I ,,,-'., pieces most suited to his or her ,. and

on one level ( .:.. decision to .. :-,. the pieces i...: :I .....I by

the last names of the writers might be taken as a I,.. :... invitation

on his i. I i to i,. ..: the reader to select :, .i', which pieces to read

and why. One -... i therefore decide to concentrate, for example,

: t the poetry !' i' ,1 Arroyo, Jesus Barquet, and r- ..i Deen),

S t the pieces i Trinidadian narrative (by Dionne Brand, Erica

I ,- _and '** "'. ,'...'. or just the pieces performing as forthright


political it ... i. .-.-., Ochy Curiel, Helen Klonaris, and Lawson

\'. .I... ... and these would be but a fraction of the i'* .'., other

strategies for 1. 1 ;., one's .- ..1 rH itinerary across so expansive

and richly i. f.. a volume. On the other hand, one can also

begin by ..., i,,, the pieces by the better-known of the writers i.' *,-

has selected, if only to remind :. -. Ii of ii substantial i. .,-..

to be found in reading i i .. artists i. .... i Arenas., '.. i,. I.

Cliff, Audre Lorde and (.! .. himself, and from there begin to explore

lesser-known, rising talents like Marilyn i'' I Pedro de Jesus and

Leonardo Padura Fuentes (all currently. . in Castro's C...i as

.-.. i' as Glave's Jamaican sister-writer, I' .. P, ,- .-

Thomas ... certainly must be credited with a profound gen-

erosity of vision in '' ::. brought together and given voice to i i of

the writers and..: i the histories, individual and -. .. included

in this volume. As much as the I., -. i -I' is a -.:i. to those writers

who otherwise would not attract this kind of exposure, the collec-

tion is in a -' to that audience, who ...i '. now for the first

time come to know the ,::'.i.- .,. and ( I: -, .:-, America, for the

first time, and through a queer lens. While some of the pieces seem

to .-'; :r. each other at times, and while some important national

traditions (Haitian, Dominican, i- ., !-.. :I seem less-than-pro-

portionately represented, Our 1 ..'.", .. 'strengths certainly exceed

its minor weaknesses, and ; ,' .I,, i deserves to inspire future writ-

ers and artists to build on and expand from .i. important and vital

foundational work. 0


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