Q. You were known as a playwright what informed your driving of this project through poetry?
A. When I started reading and researching water, the first thing I did was a drama on water. And I discovered that drama, as a medium, is so restrictive for the subject of water. If you look at Wota Na Wota, as drama, you can go beyond the conflict resolution. You try to look at the plot line and the structure of the play. It's so amazing how poetry can accommodate diverse issues. You have freedom in the use of language in poetry. From my research on water, the best way I could accommodate most of the facts about water was in creating poetry on water.
Monday, November 24, 2008
In What Case is Drama Restrictive?
In Africa, a city tries to use drama and poetry to reach conflict resolution. In examining the conflict, they find water to be central issue. The result of the project was a book of poetry, but it didn't start that way.