It was a cold November day when Elise Moser and I met Deanna Smith in the park off St Laurent in Little Italy, around the corner from her place. The sun cast long bright shadows, perfect for an afternoon of poetry. But we froze our little mitts off so went to Marché Milano and pretended to buy pasta for an hour. Actually, we didn’t have to pretend.
Deanna Smith is a member of the Throw Poetry and KalmUnity Vibe Collectives, a spoken-word performer whose Caribbean background and Montreal reality inform her artistic creation. Her piece Birthplace speaks to finding yourself forever at the crossroads of culture and background, place and belonging.