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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 73–79.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Sassy Ross A grandmother’s lost leg. A mother’s scarred sacrum. A daughter transformed into stone. In these five poems, history dwells in the body, the past deep in the bone. Confronting themes of poverty, intimate partner violence, and childhood sexual trauma, the poems speak to the varying ways...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 154–161.
Published: 01 March 2023
... by her daughter Mame Coumba Ndiaye. Harmonizing with Joseph-Gabriel’s notion of decolonial citizenship, this essay asks how the stakes of Bâ’s work shift if we read her alongside Ndiaye’s overlooked text. While Black women of Bâ’s generation may have been more likely to be widely recognized than those...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 16–29.
Published: 01 March 2022
... criticism. Rosario’s Song of the Water Saints narrates troubled mother-daughter relationships in multiple generations of the same family as they move from the Dominican Republic to New York and shows how inadequacies of the past are addressed in the present. The main character, Graciela, struggles...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 151–161.
Published: 01 July 2017
... if there is a collective worrying of dark brown hands behind the curtain of the sky. The mother she is stronger than the daughter in the bottle neck of the waiting room steady, like a silk cotton tree. Or is the daughter stronger than the mother for enduring the careful release? Striding through caches...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): vii–x.
Published: 01 November 2013
..., mourants lorsque tu t'abandonnes. Le doux parfum des temps à venir evokes the way memory is awakened by the embodied and paradoxical sense of smell. It is night, and a woman somewhere begins to speak to her daughter, herself now a young woman, in a voice of intimate disclosure. “Femme je suis...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 36–52.
Published: 01 March 2012
... Martine has gone to seek economic opportunity and to flee her memories of being raped by a Haitian soldier. The memories follow her, however, and result in her “testing” her daughter, an invasive surveillance of Sophie’s virginity. Confronting this abuse by Martine, Sophie returns to Haiti...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 40–51.
Published: 01 September 2005
...—also despises his father’s impotence and cowardice, not only because the father is afraid to confront the men in black but also because he takes Rose, his own daughter, to the lawyer’s offi ce to ask for help in removing the men from the land. Paul dreams of killing the gorilla...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 57–85.
Published: 01 September 2005
... Bazile, Lorient’s daughter. Msr. Jérémie also notes the existence of a daughter named Annesthine (Petit, p. 20). According to Jérémie, “Défi lée died under 26. “Victime d’une folie d’amour.” 27. “Mais ce que nous refusons à accepter, c’est que Défi lée ait pu devenir folle par suite de...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 211–222.
Published: 01 July 2013
..., she made Red Man from menstrual blood, loved him to life. I believe First Daughter was born in shallow water. In the story under the story she grew wise in the Mother, child into woman who knew how to draw down the moon, who summoned the wind with a hand to the sky, who set the fire...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 203–210.
Published: 01 July 2013
.... There is nowhere to hurry to, no circle of lonely earth to set down the halved seed of her name. Here is both home and nowhere. The world beyond her fingertips stretches sharp and green into the sun. © 2013 by Small Axe, Inc. 2013 I Daughter, be wary of men. They burn...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 57–69.
Published: 01 March 2017
... and Perla , still from La vida si es imitación , 2014. Courtesy of the artist Figure 4. Rachelle Mozman, Susie and Perla, still from La vida si es imitación, 2014. Courtesy of the artist gained at the expense of a close relationship with a daughter. Indeed, the film's trailer underscores the drama...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 16–37.
Published: 01 February 2008
... between two narratives of self that mutually constitute and destroy each other. Their struggle excludes all communal, including global, referents. Mr. Potter is the fiction of a father-daughter relationship, which elides into Kincaid’s personal story.17 The novel, as the imagined narrative of his...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 20–35.
Published: 01 March 2012
... immigration to the West Indies.3 Lowe, impregnated by Cecil on the voyage, subse- quently gives birth to a daughter who looks more like Cecil than her. In order to secure Lowe’s masculine identity and his masculinity, Cecil engineers Lowe’s “marriage” to Miss Sylvie, an octoroon Cecil blackmails after...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 232–243.
Published: 01 July 2018
... yellow gold than one finds typical today, thicker than my own wedding band and fitted next to it. It feels almost as if, across decades, the marriage and motherhood stories of Taimoon, born on 14 November 1913, and daughter of Kapooran and Shah Mohammed Hosein of Balmain, Couva, are just as proximate...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 158–163.
Published: 01 March 2003
... didn’t like him for his mum, who said Colin ought to give the boy a chance to get to know him better, the way she did. But the boy was too rude. A girl he knew a long time ago (so long ago, it seemed another lifetime) had had a child for him, a daughter. ) e mother was little more than a child...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 168–178.
Published: 01 July 2010
... then and now of Goodison’s From Harvey River makes me pause to con- sider Dannabang Kuwabong’s conclusion in “The Mother as Archetype of Self: A Poetics of Matrilineage in the Poetry of Claire Harris and Lorna Goodison”: Mother-daughter relationship, therefore, is central...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 127–137.
Published: 01 July 2015
.... Mrs. Mason threw her body over her daughter's. She looked up at the advancing mob, their faces taught with anger. A cold chill raced down her body—but it was not for them that the mob had come. The mob pushed on past them; they were going toward the besieged house. Mrs. Mason turned around just...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): vii–x.
Published: 01 July 2019
... regime, his wife is dying—but he cannot let her go. His two sons are a study in contrasts. Yonas, the elder of the two, is a professor of history, a man of mild political convictions and strong religious faith, who lives in the family home with his wife, Sarah, and their daughter. Dawit, the younger son...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 7–21.
Published: 01 March 2013
... into the picture and historiography of Haitian radicalism. © 2013 by Small Axe, Inc. 2013 My mother repeated too frequently for me to forget: “I will never align myself with any group. I abhor all indoctrination and all dictatorship.” —Erma Saint-Grégoire, daughter of Marie Vieux Chauvet I propose...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 93–110.
Published: 01 September 2003
...,” says Cliff or as “Jamaica white.” Th e fair-skinned Cliff and Ford-Smith are both the daughters of a white man and a brown woman. Cliff has referred in her books to the polarized realities of her Jamaican upbringing, in which she was able to “pass” for white (“passing demands...