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Migritude Paperback – November 30, 2010
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For Shailja after Migritude
you pack a hefty wallop, Ms Patel,
you and your brew
distilled from bushels of memories
soaked in admonition
injected with judgment
corked carefully away like family treasures
left to ferment subcutaneously
steeped in your bones to marrow of rage
when the time is ripe
through every pore every follicle
you secrete the untold stories
two hundred proof, they burn going down
light headed we listen
heavy hearted we hear
we drink deep draught of your migritude
reel but do not fall
we are swamped in Niagara of your migritude
but do not drown
we are burned in Vesuvius of your migritude,
smelted, burned clean.
I hope everyone gets to experience this unique and uplifting work.
The things that stood out for me in this book are many. The menacing refrain of rising inflation in "Shilling Love" bringing home the impact of the manipulation of economies by Empire on people's lives, within and without. Harrowing family tales that double as exposures of crimes committed by Empire. Startingly evocative characterizations of the author's mother and father.
I found the structure of the book to be a challenge at first. A little perseverance will reward the reader, however, as it slowly comes together in the reader's mind as a satisfying whole.
It seems strange at first that the second half of the book is called "Shadow Book," when the effect is more like a sunlight of meanings and revelations (especially for the reader who has not seen the live performance.) But perhaps the shadows refer to the darker realities that are thrown in relief by the very shining of the author's intelligence and courage.
There are books which one may enjoy and then forget. This book you won't forget.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
purchased for a college class. Very stirring prose. Didn't sell this one back after the course. Keeping.Published 23 days ago by cassandra porter
The title of this extended poem, “Migritude” combines the experience of migrants with the concept of “negritude” and “attitude”. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Annie Eagleton
Migritude is exceptionally well designed and recently received a graphic design award. It is a book you want to buy in it's physical form to truly experience a fresh literary... Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by L. C. Talmadge
A Note to a Poet
There is no way to explain a poet's voice, except to say there are all the nations,
all the villages, all the people, all the salvations, all the... Read more
just finished reading "migritude" and i feel like all my senses are alive with fire and joy, and i'm loving this moment because i am living it through the eyes of a poet-goddess :)... Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by n.a.
Shailja Patel's first book length work is a marvel. MIGRITUDE is derived from Patel's stage production of the same name, which traces her family's story/her story/the story of... Read morePublished on November 22, 2011 by Ravi C.
I stumbled upon a screening of Migritude a few years back while staying in Nairobi and felt compelled to live its message of brutal honesty, if I dared. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by Sara Goff
i liked the part about the fold
and the tenderness with which
the fist smashes the face of denial
i grooved to the synchronicity
of the drone tuned to... Read more
Seldom have I read a book in which such powerful eloquence and red hot rage danced together so intimately. Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by Cynthia