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100 Days (Robert Kroetsch)

Juliane Okot Bitek, Cecily Nicholson (Foreword by)


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100 days... 100 days that should not have been... 100 days the world could have stopped. But did not.

For 100 days, Juliane Okot Bitek recorded the lingering nightmare of the Rwandan genocide in a poem--each poem recalling the senseless loss of life and of innocence. Okot Bitek draws on her own family's experience of displacement under the regime of Idi Amin, pulling in fragments of the poetic traditions she encounters along the way: the Ugandan Acholi oral tradition of her father--the poet Okot p'Bitek; Anglican hymns; the rhythms and sounds of the African American Spiritual tradition; and the beat of spoken word and hip-hop. 100 Days is a collection of poetry that will stop you in your tracks.


was the earth that betrayed us first


was the earth that held onto its beauty


us to return


was the breezes that were there


then not there


was the sun that rose & fell


& fell

as if

there was nothing different

as if

nothing changed

University of Alberta Press, 9781772121216, 120pp.

Publication Date: January 4, 2016

About the Author

Writer Juliane Okot Bitek is a PhD Candidate with the University of British Columbia's Liu Institute for Global Issues in Vancouver. Some of her essays and creative writing can be found at