Kwansaba: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the kwansaba, a form invented by Eugene B. Redmond.
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Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the kwansaba, a form invented by Eugene B. Redmond.

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Kwansaba Poems

The kwansaba is a poetic form invented by Eugene B. Redmond in 1995. It was inspired by seven-day holiday of Kwanzaa, including its seven principles of unity, self-determination, collective work, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Poem of praise
  • Seven lines
  • Seven words per line
  • No word exceeds seven letters
  • Celebration of family and African-American culture

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Here’s my attempt at a kwansaba:

Celebration, by Robert Lee Brewer

- for the Iberosi family

When memory unfolds moments in my mind,
these are the moments I hold close--
being invited to rejoice in the baptism
of twin girls in a foreign church
singing and dancing in a foreign tongue
but sharing the common joy of life
and a faith in a loving future...

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