Haiku: Haiku for Africa

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University of South Africa, 1997 - 44 pages
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The haiku verse form has particular requirements, as all haiku enthusiasts will know. The trick is of course that within the discipline of this verse form the poem should flow effortlessly and fluidly. The reader must only be vaguely be aware that a fixed form has been used. In this collection of haiku verse Maria Heese has focused on Africa and the African landscape, which lends a new dimension to this ancient Japanese art form. In these deceptively simple poems and underlying the gentle meditative mood, a central thought emerges, often catching the reader by surprise.

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About the author (1997)

MARIE HEESE taught English and Drama at various schools and universities, ending up at Unisa, where she worked on the development of distance learning materials. Since taking early retirement, Marie has free-lanced as an educational consultant and workshop presenter. She is especially well known as the author of Die uurwerk kantel, an adult novel, which was first published in 1976 and republished as a classic in 2006. This novel has been adapted for the radio and for the stage, and was voted one of the best books of the 20th century by library readers in the Western Cape. Some of her other published titles: Die Pikkewouters van Amper-Stamperland, The Box Kite Summer, Haiku for Africa. She is married to Chris Heese. They currently live in Stilbaai and the Little Karoo.

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