Batt, James R. (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Volume 21, Number 1 (Winter 1974/75)
Kunene, Daniel P.
Raw data (or dinner table talk in Montreal), pp. 14-16
Bye-bye barbarians, You were born lazy and you'll die lazy! I'm amazed you don't know The dignity of labour. And now I go to Franciana across the channel And in a manner polite I ask "What do you do?" "Tres bien, merci, an ow do you do?" I said, "Dammit, I didn't say how do you do, Jay demand Kay ... 0, where the hell's my dictionairee All I wanted to know was what do you do? Or better still what were you talking about just before I came?" 'Earthquakes." 'Where?," 'In Los Angeles.' "O my God! Haven't you heard of my clicking world? All civilized men know about it, at least! And for heaven's sake, stop eating horse's meat!" I must quit this place before I go native! Italiana, here I come! The natives were talking intellectual things: What Panel X will do in Philadelphia. "I thank you very much; I think you're wasting your time! Why don't you put your tongue here and make a dental click, And then put it there and make a palatal click, Lastly put it over there and make a lateral click And then you aspirate and nasalize and radicalize And play little tricks like that to get your multiples of three. Clicks are never-failing charmers And they often succeed where other things have failed As when a charming lady Lips half-parted in wonderment, Says "Do it again" as you click click click In multiples of three: "O my fair ladee Would you agree If I wooed thee With a multiple of three?" (Click clack cluck Click clack cluck Click clack cluck and-a Click clack cluck) And now I'm off with my bags to Germania And thenI find they are talking of Nigeria "Telescopic philanthropy?" I ask ."Can't you see I came here to philanthropize? Leave Nigerians alone and listen to my clicks!" Clicks ar( a] Much frul is like bees Ad where they most abound t of sense beneath really found Some converts here, a few converts there, And so I twrite it down in my diaree. And now I turn a little north to Swedania: "We are talking 'bout sex," even before I asked "It is a continuing conversation i our part of the globe! Will you oin us, sir? It is a beautiful thing!" "Just for; a while, I guess, as long as you understand That all I need are credits for my Ph.D." "Plenty cI edits here, sir." I tarried we And wha is Nor for I td ior a while as you can 11 imagine : I wrote within my diary not for mama's eyes! apa's, for that matter, ough men have stronger hearts. Being refreshed by my experience irn Swedania I went to many other countries And all tixe natives were doing w as talk talk talk: Food has its of West Africa (yams) The British and their peculair attitude towards their history (?) How does American policy on the Congo get fabricated History of Africa-military regime in 9hana's hinterland Somethir g aboutjobs for graduate students Food an, d separatism in Canada; Montreal as a city; a bit about 4frican research. Not very exciting, especially after Swedania. But then I came into the land of Norwegenia. "Welcome, lonely stranger, we talk of many hings: Oxford and Cambridge and bumper stickers. But our ltaple is sex and Norwegian omelette" "Yes, O yes, I will stay for a little while. But pleas e take note . . . " 15
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