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39: Interview with Screenwriter and Painter, Kafia Haile

December 26, 2018



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Check out my interview with screenwriter and painter Kafia Haile. Below you'll find the words to her poem "A Requiem from the Front Yard", a sample of her artwork, some of her most pertinent quoted from our interview, and how to keep in touch.


A Requiem from the Front Yard:
A Response to Gwendolyn Brooks’ A Song in the Front Yard

by Kafia Haile


I longed for the back yard all my life
But rarely made my way there
Instead I dreamed bigger for visions of war

Of visits from Death and Despair


Little did I know the back yard was safer
Though George went to jail and Johnnie Mae followed suit

No sand, nor mortars, nor fear abounds
And there my well-intentioned works bear fruit


But in that hot desert it will take generations

For my good works to see manifestation
Too many young ones bear witness to blood

And the horrors of war still wait to be undone


I longed for the back yard all my life
Curious as to what trouble I might find
Perhaps some danger, some excitement, and yet still hope

Now I mourn for the innocence the desert left behind


Quote: "If you're a writer, everything weird happens to you so you have something to say."

Quote: "I'm not really a writer, but I'm going to create a website...I'm going to create business cards..."

Quote: "I'm dressed for the job that I want, not the job that I have."

Quote: "When I'm finish writing my story I give it to God and say, 'As beautiful a story I could make up for my life, I know your plan is even bigger than that.'"








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