Ninth Letter is pleased to present the work of Regine Rousseau. A poet born in Chicago who grew up in Haiti, Rousseau was a semi-finalist for the 2011 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic competition, and is the author of the poetry collection Searching for Cloves and Lilies…At the recent AWP conference in Chicago I participated on a panel organized by the writer Andy Johnson, “The Book and the Flame: Expatriate Writers in Africa,” and when fellow panelist Regine Rousseau read and sang her poem “After the Quake,” she put panelists and audience in a trance as well. –Philip Graham. Ninth Letter
“Reverend Feelgood” is a private poem written about a former lover’s (he was not a reverend) struggle between a vow of chastity and temptation. Continue reading “Reverend Feelgood”
I wrote the poem “My Children” for all of the children we aborted for the moments we mourn.
I wrote the poem, “That brother they call D” after asking a former lover, “What’s your favorite part of your body?” He looked up at me and without hesitation said, “My d*ck.” Hmm, that’s my favorite part of his body too, I thought, we must be soul mates. Continue reading “That Brother They Call “D””
“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. Continue reading “After the Quake”