Haiti - Culture : The literary world loses a major poet
President Jovenel Moïse, is profoundly saddened by the death Saturday in Canada, of the poet and Haitian of talent Claude C. Pierre (born in Corail) author of numerous collections of poetry and texts in magazines and collectives.
"By saluting his memory the Head of State recalled of Claude Pierre as a man who has helped advance the linguistic and literary work on Creole languages and cultures, thus enabling the sharing of solidarity and respect values.
In these painful circumstances the Head of State presents his sincere condolences to his family and the great literary community of Haiti and the Diaspora.
The memory and the work of the poet Claude Pierre, will live long in the heart of all"
Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant :
The Prime Minister learned with emotion the death this morning of Claude C. Pierre, poet, linguist, teacher and academician [the Haitian Creole Academy]
"The poetic work of Claude C. Pierre is characterized by a real work on language and bias for social and existential problems. He is both a major poet of Haitian literature, a literary critic, a linguist specializing in semiotics, a discipline he has taught for more than 30 years at the State University of Haiti.
He was one of the strong advocates of the Creole language and will have been a coordinator of the Office of the Secretary of State for Literacy from 2004 to 2006 and a member of the Haitian Creole Academy.
The Head of Government salutes the memory of this important figure of Haitian culture. He takes this opportunity to express his condolences to his family, his relatives, the literary and academic worlds and the members of the Haitian Creole Academy saddened by this departure."