Poetry. LIBERAMERICA's world is one full of ancestors and other creatures, a liminal space between languages, life and death, male and female, land and water, body and spirit. A territory of rituals and relations brought into being within the dynamic linguistic multiverse for which Monchoachi is best known. LIBERAMERICA is an archipelago of throats powering a flood of voices, sonically saturating and bursting through limitations of standard language. LIBERAMERICA is an excerpt from part one of Monchoachi's two-volume collection, Lémistè (Partition noire et bleue) ['Mistry (Black and Blue Partition)].
Writer, poet, and translator Monchoachi was born on the island of Martinique. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout- Monde and the Prix Max Jacob. In 2007 he founded the Lakouzémi project, an annual gathering of writers, dancers, performers, and activists-together they vivify history and generate meaningful, actioned community. Martinican creole works include Dissidans (1980), Bèl-bèl zobèl (1983), and translations of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Endgame (2002). His French works include L'espère-geste (2002) and Lémistè (2012). LIBERAMERICA (UDP, 2020) is his first collection of poems in English translation.
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