After the Quake


“Rousseau grew up in Haiti… “After the Quake” was written before the earthquake of 2010, but later she added some¬† lines to refer to the disaster, and also used some lyrics from songs by Boukman Eksperyans, the famous Haitian Band. She read the poem in a voice that was both light and mournful, and when she came to the song lyrics, she sang them. The tune descended to an unexpected combination of notes at the end of each refrain, and the simplicity and strength and heart with which she sang stopped the whole of the Hue-Man Bookstore in its track.” The New Yorker’s June 27, 2011. This video is not a recording from the Hue-Man Bookstore performance.

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