“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.
Gerald Moore was born in London in 1924. After serving in the navy during the war, he read English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Apart from ten years in the School of African and Asian Studies at Sussex, he has taught at universities in various parts of Africa and in Hong King. He has also been a visiting professor at UCLA, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the University of Ghana, and the University of Ife. His publications include The Chosen Tongue: English Writing in the Tropical World, Wole Soyinka, Twelve African Writers, and The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry. He has also published translations of Mongo Beti, Henri Lopes, Tchicaya U Tam’si, and J.-B. Tati Loutard.
Chief Horst Ulrich Beier, commonly known as Ulli Beier (30 July 1922 – 3 April 2011), was a German editor, writer and scholar who had a pioneering role in developing literature, drama and poetry in Nigeria, as well as literature, drama and poetry in Papua New Guinea.