Academic journal article Journal of Caribbean Literatures

Off Axis Angles: Scene One

Academic journal article Journal of Caribbean Literatures

Off Axis Angles: Scene One

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Where do heroines go when their novels are over? ... She wonders, how long must I still play this part?

--Julia Alvarez

"Old Heroines"


"Aretha says this tour is her last"


Monday, April 14, 2003

As we leave Orlando dawning words permeate the aisle, "What would you like?" and know the Quaker[R] Chewy Granola Bars are on their way, and ... not being able to help myself, I turn my LA-jet-lag-eyes to catch the headliners ... U.S. forces enter Saddam's birthplace: "Normalcy" returning to capital; Syria warned not to harbor Iraqis ... my inners twitch and I crave an old fashioned cafe con leche, hand whisked steaming milk and golden sugar ... Iraqis share graphic tales of regime's torture chambers ... a heavy-boned feeling settles in ... Canadian wins playoff--and his 1st Masters ... and I would love to have all 3 seats to myself to lie down ... 7 POWs rescued on road to Tikrit ... but dutifully I share with the strawberry blonde sitting in 22E whose lap holds a day or 2-old bouquet ... Iraqis tip Marines to captives' location; Apache pilot says group "won the lottery of life" ... pink roses and yellow daisies, orange carnations and baby's breath ... Gordon returns to victory lane in Va. ... ribbons, a sparkly diamond and husband beside her ... USA TODAY Snapshots[R]: How war costs compare: World War I $191 billion, Vietnam War $494 billion, Persian Gulf War of 1991 $76 billion ... and escorted by an open-mouthed-machinegun-toting-Marine and a shades-grenade-frown-lugging-Soldier waving her through ... U.S. aims to calm capital ... a woman squints against a grey-white-seamless-scorcher clutching in her left hand a green-white-half-drank-plastic-bottle, a half-used-squashed-toilet-paper-roll and blue-white-star-spangled-soiled-pjs, and . …

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