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Cuba Journal: Language and Writing

Hoogland, Cornelia

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ISBN 10: 088753385X / ISBN 13: 9780887533853
Published by Black Moss Press, 2003
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Title: Cuba Journal: Language and Writing

Publisher: Black Moss Press

Publication Date: 2003

Book Condition:Good

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The only time I was forbidden to write something was in grade 5 during my stint as a murder mystery writer, which my mother vetoed. "If your father knew what you were writing he'd kill you."

So begins Cuba Journal: Language and Writing. Written as a series of journal entries, Hoogland sketches the Cuban landscape and people in colourful, provocative, and poetic strokes. Her poetic lens moves from the intimacy of swimming in the ocean to the larger cultural context of international relations. She is unflinchingly honest while observing the roles of writing and language reduced to their essentials.

Based on a cast of six main characters, and written in a narrative style, Hoogland's latest book of poems engages the issues of writing and voice. She reworks and re-imagines the discourses of writing, language, and of being female. Their intersections are especially profound in Cuba, where texts are rare and voices are subdued.

About the Author:

Cornelia Hoogland is a poet, playwright and scholar. She is author of You Are Home which was shortlisted for the CBC radio literary awards, The Wire-Thin Bride, Marrying the Animals, and Salmonberry. Hoogland teaches at the University of Western Ontario.

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