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|Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 03:08 pm: |
By Kola Boof:
Mama say Been-to
*I call this Haiku poem "Haiku Is Dead"
and will use it in my next book, Cynique.
Been-to poetry is the best poetry, Cynique.
In my book "Nile River Woman", a book that
was acclaimed by the N.Y. Times, I wrote
sparse 1-page been-to poems but it can done at
Ousmane Sembene and Franz Fanon were two
of the first BEEN-TO writers/poets.
Definition of Been-to writing:
(a) You are from Africa (which is all black
people) but you have been to somewhere else
for such a long spell that your writing is now
shaped by both places.
Africans back home call us "been-to" writers.
Aretha Franklin is called a "been-to" singer.
(b) The writing can be read or sung.
It is told in Black traditional Folk "cuts"
with call and response or a percussion
break. Storytelling is traditional, of a Fabulist mode.
**Japanese "Haiku" is introverted and
African "been-to" is soulful, expressive