Arranged by country, this compilation features the best and most evocative poetry coming out of Modern Africa. Foremost of the African arts, over ninety-nine poets are included here, covering topics from war to love to political protests. Notes on each poet and poem sources, as well as a first-line and poet index are also included. 448 pages, softcover.
A new edition of the definitive collection of modern poetry from Africa
"Poetry, always foremost of the arts in traditional Africa," writes Gerald Moore, "has continued to compete for primacy against the newer forms of prose fiction and theatre drama." Now revised and expanded, this comprehensive anthology features the work of ninety-nine poets from twenty-seven countries; thirty-one of the poets appear here for the first time. War songs, satires, and political protests jostle with poems about love, nature, and the surprises of life, offering a rich and wide-ranging body of creative work.
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Ulli Beier has been the director of art and research centers in Nigeria and Papua New Guinea and at the University of Bayreuth in Bavaria.
Gerald Moore is one of the foremost scholars of contemporary African anglophone poetry. He has taught at universities in various parts of Africa and in Hong Kong.
"Freshness, passion, spontaneity, sensuousness are not common qualities in poetry today . . . but they are to be found in abundance among African poets of the last few decades."
-The Daily Telegraph, London
"Africa is producing some of the most original and exciting poetry now being written anywhere in the world."
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