Haiku by Rwandan poetesses
illuminations of being
This chapter is partly drawn from my experience of animating a creative writing workshop for women in Kigali and explores poetic expression in Rwanda. In particular, it focuses on the Haiku and how, when this celebrated Japanese verse form is transposed and adapted to a Rwandan context, it teaches a specific way of being in the world, a transcending truth and a path to knowledge. This chapter also shows the Rwandan poetesses using the Haiku form to express both their links to their own social and cultural environment and their connection to nature and its healing power.
Grieder, A. (2017)., Haiku by Rwandan poetesses: illuminations of being, in J. Clammer & A. K. Giri (eds.), The aesthetics of development, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 253-270.
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