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Hello world!

It has been a while and much has happened since I was here last. I have undertaken several writing projects, developing ideas into stories getting inspiration from prompts and such. This is National Novel Writing Month. I have novel-sized ideas that I am developing and while I am not participating in NaNoWriMo I am buoyed by the energy of the participants in the FB group. I am writing my short stories, plural, at the moment along with academic articles from my dissertation.

I have also been reading at a breakneck pace, you know, for me, which means that the snail’s pace at which I normally read is a little less ‘snaily’. During the summer, I read Divergent and Insurgent (2 out of 3 ain’t bad), Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, Ocean at the End of the Lane by Gaiman. I recently completed Binti by Nnedi Okorafor and I am currently reading Mothership: Tales from Afro-Futurism and Beyond. On the other hand,  my ‘to read’ list still has a few titles that I have yet to start or that I started and had to set aside for various reason. Lagoon and Kabu Kabu  by Okorafor, Maddaddam by Atwood, Deathless by Catherine M. Valente are all lovely and engaging works and I will return to them. I must, they have me in their thrall.

Immersing myself in a book, a good book, is quite a rewarding experience (spoken like a true nerd). I feel happy with the time I spent in another writer’s world. I might turn  December into my own NaNoWriMo with these ideas that I am developing, who knows.

In the meantime, one of my stories has been featured over at Akashic Books as part of their Duppy Thursday series. It is flash fiction and it is really great series with great writers weaving magical tales about the supernatural in the Caribbean. Check it out with the link below.

Akashic Books Duppy Thursday 

Peace!

“D”

Still here…

…and trying to strike a balance between creative and academic currents running through me. Still here though.

 

Earth

shudders

 winds

rise

rivers

swell

then

burst.

 

Silence

 

Shattered:

a tiny

voice

screams

howls

whimpers

murmurs,

hush.

 

A girl

 

Tears

 

Cruel

insertion

harsh

initiation

 

The shape of things to come.

 

(a girl!)

 

(pity)

 

Writhing

howling

gruesome

thing ,

unloved

in truest form,

left

cold and whimpering

at the

bottom

of  the steps

of this house.

 # I wrote this a while ago as a means of introducing the Unwoman, a central figure in a collection of poems that I am patiently putting together. It may well need revision but I am giving it a little air.

Metric on my Mind

On Monday
My sister was
slaughtered
and all the people
watched.
Grief flowed
like a thick grey
soul-stealing fog
through every voice
that stopped to tell.

I stepped off a bus
and hesitated,
then walked to
buy my bread.

On Tuesday
I wrote a letter
and reported to Central,
then completed paperwork
for a Smith and Wesson.

Tomorrow I will
call all my girl-friends,
it’s been a while.

© Debra Providence 2006

Inspiration

Bunches of ideas in full bloom and competing for my attention.

I’ve been missing for a bit but I have been slowly working my way back to regular blogging on “Writing D”. I have a few ideas in gestation and will work on bringing them to cyber-life in the near future. In the mean time here are some gems I found from surfing the internets this evening into night. Thanks and much love to the original posters.

1)Garifuna Conference and the launch of the Resource Center: The good folks over at Repeating Island posted this link tonight about a historical event taking place in my home town. In addition to a conference, a journey to the Baliceaux Island, there will also be the establishment of the Resource Center in Arnos Vale. This is of especial import as it will provide a hub for important resources for already existing research on the Garfinua peoples as well as  for future projects. Kudos to the Garifuna Heritage Foundation. More information can be found here.

2) Also from Repeating Islands a call for papers on The Indian Diaspora in St. Vincent and the Wider Caribbean. This conference is sponsored by the St. Vincent branch of the The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin and will seek to highlight one of the under-explored areas of Vincentian history. This is a great effort from the organizers and I wish them all the best re the conference. I will be looking forward to hearing these presentations.

3) This brilliant interview with Prof. Evelyn O’Callaghan was posted over at SX Salon Small Axe Literary Platform. Prof O’Callaghan is a noted scholar of Caribbean Literature and brought Caribbean women writers into critical focus with her publication Woman Version. It is always an intellectually satisfying  and stimulating experience to hear/read Prof O’Callaghan’s thoughts on Caribbean women writers and this particular interview does not disappoint.  Thanks to Public Archive for the tweet that led me to the interview.

That’s all for now. As I said I am working my way back to blogging regularly and you will hear from me soon.

Peace

“D”

Phoenix Rising

Grey dust stirs

as her feet leave

fiery prints

in a well scorched earth.

Weed and orchid

insect and bird

frozen in their last

terrified gasp,

ashen

and crumble

before her stare.

Behind her

the world is

sucked dry.

In front

none will escape

the glare of

crimson death.

Inside

caged, bleeding,

a redbreast,

fluttering frantically,

balance thrown

by a broken wing

pierced by

a poisoned

iron tip… .

Her song

is taken,

in its place

a shrill wail

shatters

unwary ears.

She,

once burned,

rises to

sear

a stale, flat

and wicked

Earth.

© 2009 Debra Providence

WomenSpeak Interview

An Interview with Simone over at WomenSpeak about the poem While Walking up Back Street. 🙂

Happy New Year

Hello world! I just thought I would come up for air to let you know that I am still here. Still forging ahead with my work. Will resume blogging in good time. Thanks to Charmaine over at Signifying Guyana I am in receipt of two great books that I can’t wait to sink my teeth into. The first is Tanya Shirley’s She Who Sleeps with Bones and Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously. I have only had a cursory read of Shirley’s collection and already it is a favorite. I am also finally in possession of Shani Mootoo’s Valmiki’s Daughter and Kendel Hippolyte’s  Birthright and am looking forward to reading these as well. As it stands, I have a lot of writing and reading to keep me quite busy for the upcoming months,  but literature is a labor of love so I am good. Keep watching this space, there will be lots to share when I return.

So here’s wishing one and all a wonderful and creative new year, filled with many blessings and opportunities for happiness. I will be back.

“D”