I fear global warming. If polar bears can’t survive, do my two little daughters even have a chance? I fear the silence that allowed these things to worsen, the gradual boiling of frogs that Al Gore talks about in An Inconvenient Truth. I fear that I am one of those frogs. I fear another terrorist attack, like the kind that happens in other countries all the time, the kind that residents of besieged cities eventually get used to and learn to live with. I fear world hunger, because it would mean genocide for people in countries like my birthplace and homeland, Haiti . . .
So writes Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat in a forum on fear in the new volume of the journal PEN America.
PEN America 10: Fear Itself examines—through fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and conversations—the subject of fear in all its guises. Edward Albee, Edwidge Danticat, and others think about what fear means to them; Yoshihiro Tatsumi depicts hell; a detainee describes Guantánamo; and Studs Terkel listens to stories of the Depression.
The photograph of Danticat by Robert Birnbaum can be found in its original context at http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/personalities/birnbaum_v_edwidge_danticat.php
To read Danticat’s short piece on fear or to order the Fear Itself issue go to http://www.pen.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/3394/prmID/1502