She received an award for her poetry at the 7th annual Kriye Bode celebration.
The Haitian term Kriye Bode signifies the call to participate. It calls people to join together as a community to dance, sing, drum and rejoice in the energy of life.
Marcelin spoke of poetry as a thrilling and immeasurably precious experience:
"The very first time I opened a book of poems, I fell in love with the music and the rhythm of the words. I was awakened; exalted. It was as if I had opened the door to another world, a world bigger than I knew before, filled with wonders, sorrows, and joys I may never have dared dream of in my small life. "
She called on the audience to share their part of beauty with the world to make this life ‘livable’.
Later, accompanied by Peniel Guerrier and his master drummers, she demonstrated how musical instruments complement and emphasize the cadence, repetition and rhyme of poems.
Peniel Guerrier, a master dancer of Haitian, West African (specifically Guinea & Senegal), and Brazilian dance is also a drummer, choreographer, and singer. The artistic founder of Kriye Bode, he has been bringing this Haitian experience to the people of New York since 2005. For more photos of the event, click on this facebook page