Curacao writer, sculptor and artist Elis Juliana's poetry blends the intrinsic rhythmic and tonal aspects of the Papiamentu language as he depicts the Afro-Caribbean lifestyles of his people with the traditional form of Japanese haiku. Juliana reveals the vitality of his native language Papiamentu, spoken in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, with short and swift flashes of intense impressions and potent ideas in his writing. With humour he typifies the character and individuality of the Antillean. The volume will be of interest to scholars of Creole languages, readers interested in the Caribbean literary/socio-cultural scene, and students of translation and poetry.
Author, poet, and artist Elis Juliana lives in Curacao. Helene Garrett is a doctoral candidate in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. Her Ph.D. thesis is Translating Papiamentu, a language she was exposed to on the islands.