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Empire in the AirAirline Travel and the African Diaspora$
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Chandra D. Bhimull

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479843473

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479843473.001.0001

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Empire in the Air

Chandra D. Bhimull

NYU Press

The men are on the sea somewhere near Dominica. They are aboard Flight, which is a schooner in Derek Walcott’s “The Schooner Flight.” A jet zips loudly over their heads, “opening a curtain into the past.” One says to the other, “One day go be planes only, no more boat.” The other says to him, “Vince, God ain’t make nigger to fly through the air.” They move on....

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