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Listen to 5 Audio Excerpts from Haiku for Africa by Marie Heese, Read by Natalia Molebatsi

Haiku for AfricaIn Haiku for Africa, Marié Heese focused on Africa and the African landscape, which lends a new dimension to this ancient Japanese art form.

Beautifully illustrated by Grahamstown-based artist Edith Bukani, the latest edition of Haiku for Africa comes complete with an audio CD, read by Natalia Molebatsi.

In a previous interview, Heese explained that she chose to write about Africa because it is the place she calls home. “While Japanese in origin, the intention of haiku could very well have been African.”

Last time we brought you part 1 of our selection of audio extracts from Haiku for Africa Haiku for Africa:


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Listen to five more poems from Heese’s wonderful collection, performed by Molebatsi:










“After Birth”



“Long Live the King”



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