Vol 11 No 1 (2019)

Living Bones: Reflections on My First Year in Haiti

Jocelyn Urkow
Athabasca University
Published June 13, 2019


In this creative non-fiction account of my first year living as a Canadian expatriate in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, history, first-hand accounts, and re-told narratives are weaved together. Historical anecdotes and literary quotes, interspersed with my memories and experiences, reflect on the value of life and how danger and fear of the unknown have evolved overtime in this beautiful but bedeviled island nation. “Life was neither something you defended by hiding nor surrendered calmly on other people's terms, but something you lived bravely, out in the open, and that if you had to lose it, you should lose it on your own terms.” Edwidge Danticat, The Dew Breaker “It is surprising not that Haiti exists badly, but that it exists at all.” James Leyburn