The Sea is History

Where are your monuments,
your battles, martyrs?
Where is your tribal memory?
Sirs, in that grey vault.
The sea.
The sea has locked them up.
The sea is history.
---Derek Walcott, "The Sea is History"
Collected Poems, 2007

Caribbean Discourse

Our landscape is its own monument:
its meaning can only be traced on the underside.  It is all 
history.

---Edouard Glissant 
Caribbean Discourse, 2007

Community and Nation

From our various affiliations and groupings, real or imagined, our lives derive meaning. They provide a sense of context, order and continuity by transmitting knowledge, values, ideals and aspirations from one generation to the next. In short, they tend to provide rudders to stabilize us on the turbulent seas of life on earth. [...] [W]e must reinvigorate the meaning of freedom and brotherhood, lest we lose all that our forebears sacrificed to secure for us.  


---Patricia Glinton-Meicholas

"Constructing Community and Nation in the Archipelago: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," 2013