by Ana-Maurine Lara
Set in the age of urbanization in the Dominican Republic over the course of several lifetimes, Erzulie’s Skirt is a tale of how women and their families struggle with love, tragedy and destiny. Told from the perspectives of three women, Erzulie’s Skirt takes us from rural villages and sugar cane plantations to the poor neighborhoods of Santo Domingo, and through the journey by yola across the sea between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It is a compelling love story that unearths our deep ancestral connections to land, ritual and memory.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ana-Maurine Lara, Ph.D., is a national award-winning poet and fiction writer. She is author of Erzulie's Skirt (RedBone Press, 2006), When the Sun Once Again Sang to the People (KRK Ediciones, 2011), and Watermarks and Tree Rings (Tanama Press). In 2015, she completed the first of her decade-long projects, Cantos, including her original poetry, with music composition by Martin Perna and original artwork by Youmna Chlala. She is an assistant professor at the University of Oregon.
[Photo copyright © 2006 by Krissy Mahan.]
© 2006 by Ana-Maurine Lara
Cover art copyright © 2006 by Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Cover design: E.M. Corbin
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