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Sinti mi Sintí
Sinti mi Sintí, the first poetry book in Papiamentu by writer, actress, singer, songwriter Crisèn Schorea (1975, Curaçao).
In Papiamentu the verb "Sinti" means "to feel" while the noun "sintí" means both "the feeling" as "the brain". Sinti mi Sintí (Feel my feeling and/or thoughts) reflects her tendency to analyze and rationalize feelings and emotions and the constant "pas de deux" that takes place in her head between her ratio and emotions. Sinti mi Sintí consists of 32 poems by the author and 9 illustrations by the talented artist Michel Nicolaas. It's publication was only possible because of the support of Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied, Maduro & Curiel's Bank and Kadanz NV.
The illustrations in this book are based on my interpretation of Crisen's poems and my knowledge of the person I have known for 20+ years. The inspiration for some of my illustrations was one of her virtues: perseverance. Her dreads are a perfect example of that. In 2008 she announced 'I'm gonna grow dreads', and she did. Through years she had been saying 'I will publish some day', and she did. Little did I know she was going to tag me along in it.