Like 'The Well', the other poem of Euphrase Kezilahabi's we translated in this workshop, 'Literature' is concerned with the decline of Tanzanian culture and the indifference, amounting to contempt, with which its writers are treated - tossed aside for newer, gaudy vessels.

Katriina's literal version referred to a 'pumpkin', but we went for 'gourd' because it's bottle gourds that are used as calabashes.

Sarah Maguire, Workshop Facilitator

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