When Opal Palmer Adisa talks about writing, you understand why she likens her muse to an irresistible lover.There's an obvious affair going on between the woman and words.And the love child is her impressive body of work, including poetry, short stories and novels. ." The first story, "Brethren," is about a cane cutter, inspired by the men Adisa saw working on the sugar estate where she grew up.
There was the image of who I think was my great-great-grandmother. She was squatting, not in the New World, but in her home in Africa. I'll go to Port Royale where many of the slaves came to the island," she said.
And she said, 'Some of us knew we had to come.' She was saying the slave trade and slavery were vital and necessary for the transformation of the new world. "In my work, there are two things I'm grappling with.
Shortly after, the sun sank in an enormous crimson pool and the priests began to unload the boat of the dolls and flowers, all the things they brought for Yemenja." In Adisa's view, the awareness expressed by the woman in her vision can help liberate the descendants of African slaves in the New World from slavery's enduring legacy of victimhood. I thought it would be done." She's hoping her visit home will inspire her writing.
"Despite everything, all the chaos, I believe our resilient spirit is the saving grace of this New World," she said.
It was a powerful image but she said she's struggling with the poem.