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Epitaph

 I won’t scream desperate cries As I find the world to be round Instead of flat. The sky blue Instead of clear. And love devious. For what I can’t control Cloaks, then fondles The innocence bare; A reality stripped raw. The curve of seduction, Or life’s desires, a figure eight, Will always recoil to deny […]

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In Memory of Jean Michel Daudier

In Memory of Jean Michel Daudier © 2013 Max Zamor maxzamor@comcast.net   He walked in the room and introduced himself: “Hi, I am Jean Michel,” he said. At first I didn’t recognize him. I’ve never met him before. The image of him I had in my mind and saw in pictures, was that of a […]

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The Stains of Racism in America

The Stains of Racism in America © Max Zamor maxzamor@comcast.net Conservative America is up in arms over Barack Obama’s speech about George Zimmerman’s verdict. That kind of uproar is nothing more than a normal reaction reminding us once again that there are deep stains of racism on America’s character. The conversations going on now are […]

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-Political Acrobatics, Haitian Style-

-Political Acrobatics, Haitian Style- © Max Zamor maxzamor@comcast.net A few months ago, I watched a short video documentary on youtube.com describing two investment successes in Haiti: The Oasis complex in “Petion-Ville” and the building of a thirty megawatts electrical power plant outside of “Cité Soleil”. While I applaud these two projects, I cannot help but […]

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Is Jean-Claude Duvalier Forgiveable?

Is Jean-Claude Duvalier Forgiveable? © Max Zamor maxzamor@comcast.net Just mention the name Duvalier and you’ll get an earful of converging opinions from many, especially Haïtians who lived through the brutal period when father François and son Jean-Claude ruled Haïti in tandem with iron fists, for almost thirty years. They spread fear while being protected by […]

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Le P’tit Club” of Jimmy Moise: The little giant among us

Le P’tit Club” of Jimmy Moise: The little giant among us Perhaps we have been sleeping: For many years, there has been a little giant among us doing a mighty job promoting Haitian arts and culture in the diaspora. Judging by the accolades it has received, no one can deny the variety and quality of […]

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What is wrong with Kompa Music?

What is wrong with Kompa Music? By Max Zamor Last week I turned on the radio station to listen to some “old school” Haitian music. (Nothing is wrong with old school music. Sometimes it’s essential to look back in order to move forward) Mad I was when I heard the speaker begging Haitian musicians to […]

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One Small Step for Joseph Michel Martelly, One Giant Leap for Haiti.

One Small Step for Joseph Michel Martelly, One Giant Leap for Haiti. © Max Zamor maxzamor@comcast.net How to solve the impasse in the Daniel Rouzier nomination for Prime Minister and at the same time strengthen an important institution. Like clockwork, every time there is a new presidential election in Haiti, hope for change runs high […]

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Depth of beauty in Tim Seibles’ “Fast Animal”

Depth of beauty in Tim Seibles’ “Fast Animal” © Max Zamor maxzamor@comcast.net Even those of us who do not like to read poetry, because we claim it is difficult to understand, may find the writings of Tim Seibles, at times, too simplistic. But do not be fooled: his poetry has an underlying sophistication that forms […]

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The Next Haitian Hero

The Next Haitian Hero © Max Zamor maxzamor@comcast.net This is a reprint form an article I wrote in 2008 after the hurricanes The issues cited in this article still apply today and bear repeating The fall of the Duvalier regime in the late eighties brought elation and hope to the Haïtian nation. After the rise […]

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