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Username: Kola_boof

Post Number: 4910
Registered: 02-2005

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Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 02:36 pm:   

Been-to poetry is the best poetry, Carey.

It is more in the style of songs you sing.

In my book "Nile River Woman", I wrote
sparse 1-page poems but it can be epic.

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 of a Fabulist mode.


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