Migritude

Migritude

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by Shailja Patel
     
 

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The U.S. debut of internationally acclaimed poet and performance artist Shailja Patel, Migritude is a tour-de-force hybrid text that confounds categories and conventions. Part poetic memoir, part political history, Migritude weaves together family history, reportage and monologues to create an achingly beautiful portrait of women's lives and migrant

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The U.S. debut of internationally acclaimed poet and performance artist Shailja Patel, Migritude is a tour-de-force hybrid text that confounds categories and conventions. Part poetic memoir, part political history, Migritude weaves together family history, reportage and monologues to create an achingly beautiful portrait of women's lives and migrant journeys undertaken under the boot print of Empire. Patel, who was born in Kenya and educated in England and the U.S., honed her poetic skills in performances of this work that have received standing ovations throughout Europe, Africa and North America. She has been described by the Gulf Times as "the poetic equivalent of Arundhati Roy" and by CNN as "the face of globalization as a people-centered phenomenon of migration and exchange." Migritude includes interviews with the author, as well as performance notes and essays.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885030054
Publisher:
Kaya Production
Publication date:
11/30/2010
Pages:
140
Sales rank:
795,110
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Shailja Patel was born and raised in Kenya, has lived in London and San Francisco, and now divides her time between Nairobi and Berkeley. Trained as a political economist, accountant and yoga teacher, she honed her poetic skills in performances that have received standing ovations on three continents. She has been described by the Gulf Times as "the poetic equivalent of Arundhati Roy" and by CNN as "the face of globalization as a people-centered phenomenon of migration and exchange". Patel has appeared on the BBC World Service, NPR and Al-Jazeera. Her work has been translated into twelve languages. She is a recipient of a Sundance Theatre Fellowship, an African Guest Writer Fellowship from the Nordic Africa Institute, the Fanny-Ann Eddy Poetry Award from IRN-Africa, the Voices of Our Nations Poetry Award, a Lambda Slam Championship, and the Outwrite Poetry Prize.

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Joan_Opiyo More than 1 year ago
With Migritude, Shailja Patel has taken activist poetry to a whole new level. Her eloquent piece brilliantly exposes Empire and its legacy of colonial atrocities, oppression and domination. Yet, amid all the pain from injustice, admiration is evoked by the defiant voice of the persevering migrant. A voice whose passionate, rage-filled cries for justice pour out onto the pages of Migritude, as she fights to shed her labels of race, ethnicity, nationality and gender. Migritude is seasoned with powerful moments that led my mind wandering, but soon after had me yearning to return and devour what words remain. If you are in the market for some politics, feminism and anti-imperialism, the package doesn't come any better than Migritude.