In this Book

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These poems—varying from narrative to imagist to lyrical—reflect the “sodade” of Cape Verdean culture that is shaped by separation and longing—longing for the home that has been left behind and for loved ones who have departed. Cape Verdean communities extend beyond national boundaries and are paradoxically independent of place, even when inspired by it. Return Flights marks a turning point for Cape Verdean American culture, one in which a partially forgotten past becomes a starting point for possible futures, both of new transoceanic contacts and of new reinventions of culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Series page, Copyright, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword: Returning to Cape Verdean American Culture with Jarita Davis
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Part 1
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Dreaming in Crioulo, or Why I Romanticize the Old Country
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Joseph Silva Barboza, a Portrait
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Another Homecoming
  2. pp. 7-7
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  1. Dress Whites
  2. pp. 8-8
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  1. Ana Left the Old Country
  2. pp. 9-9
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  1. The Children, Their Darkness
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Defining the Morna
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. While Listening to Cesaria Evora
  2. pp. 14-14
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  1. Atlantic Coasts
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Corn
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Return Flights
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. Part 2
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. The Woman Who Cleans Fish
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. The Wedding Feast, Brava 1926
  2. pp. 24-24
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  1. Harvesting a Return
  2. pp. 25-27
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  1. Alone in Plymouth
  2. pp. 28-28
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  1. Swimming Lessons
  2. pp. 29-29
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  1. Nantucket Sleigh Ride
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. The Scrimshander
  2. pp. 32-34
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  1. Part 3
  2. pp. 35-35
  1. One Criolinha Speaks
  2. pp. 36-36
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  1. You Cannot Prepare for This Trip
  2. pp. 37-37
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  1. Impressions in Stone
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. Arrival
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. At Midnight You Board the Boat to Brava
  2. pp. 42-42
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  1. The Rainy Season
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Meeting Mano and Mãe Vinda
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. This Is Someone Else’s Life
  2. pp. 47-47
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  1. We Four Harvest Mangoes
  2. pp. 48-49
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  1. Mangoes
  2. pp. 50-50
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  1. I Am Twenty-eight Today
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. In the Field
  2. pp. 53-53
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  1. Santa Maria das Dores, Sal
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. That Last Night
  2. pp. 56-56
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  1. Departure
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Cape Verde Has Been Slipping from Me
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. Part 4
  2. pp. 61-61
  1. Vista from the Schoolhouse Steps
  2. pp. 62-62
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  1. Djiny Describes the Festival of São João
  2. pp. 63-63
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  1. Tonight
  2. pp. 64-64
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  1. Seven Hesitations of Maria DeSilva
  2. pp. 65-65
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  1. Sara Andrade Lobo, Age Seven
  2. pp. 66-66
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  1. Each Evening
  2. pp. 67-67
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  1. José Fishing in Fajã d’Água
  2. pp. 68-68
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 71-72
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781933227689
Related ISBN
9781933227672
MARC Record
OCLC
937354657
Pages
96
Launched on MUSE
2016-02-09
Open Access
No
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