12/31/2014

African Haiku

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Introducing Haiku from Africa



http://www.design-africa.com/cpats/cpat-000main.html
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African Haiku by Fancy

African Haiku by Stephen Davies

African Haiku with Ted Goossen

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Haiku Africa: Haikus and Photographs
by Joel H. Goldstein (Author)

Bull Elephant walks
Isolated on the road
Alone with his thoughts


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Botswana Haiku

As one of the assignments for this course, students were asked to do a piece of creative writing using the characteristics (whether formal or not) of one of the texts that we discussed during the semester.

I looked around me
In the middle of the street
Suddenly I am lost.


by Jacob Nthoiwa

source : Botswana Haiku
University of Botswana English Department, 2003


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Kenya

Haiku from Kenya, Kenya Saijiki ケニア歳時記


The Haiku Clubs of Nairobi

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South Africa

There are Jewish, Muslim and Hindu religious festivals celebrated here, although the Christian ones are the only that rate a national holiday right now.

Some of our national holidays are interesting in terms of kigo.
For instance, Heritage Day is celebrated on 24 September in the spring so there is a contrast between the forward-looking season and the backwards-looking celebration.
Another like Youth Day is 16 June, almost mid-winter and very appropriate perhaps to the tragedy of that day in 1976.

And then there is our fynbos ("feiner Busch") , a unique and indigenous family of plants. So diverse that I think some or other species of it are in flower at any one time of the year. So fynbos is something really South African but not really something that one can associate with a season as such.

Moira Richards, South Africa

Fynbos , South African Plant in our library

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Steve Shapiro
His first collection of haiku, In a borrowed tent (Snailpress) won the 1996 Ingrid Jonker Prize for English language poetry.

2007, a new book of poems, of little consequence

. . . from of little consequence:

From the “Spring” section:

The spring breeze
- I lost a piece of paper
with a poem on it



From the “Winter” section:

Collecting mushrooms
my knife blade reflecting mist
swirling through the pines


source : carapace.book.co.za, 2007


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Tingatinga painting style - Tanzania

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Tingatinga -
a world of colors
exploding


Gabi Greve, October 2009


Once there was a man called Edward S. Tingatinga. He was born in the Namochelia village in Tunduru district in the South Tanzania.
During the 1960s he established an art form that became associated with Tanzania. Today, "Tingatinga" is the Tanzanian term for this form of art, known most intimately in Tanzania, Kenya, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland etc.
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...


sad news from home--
my student takes the chalk
and draws me Africa


--Barry George
http://tinywords.com/haiku/2007/09/21

Anonymous said...

police station
a map of Africa
behind bars



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