What is home if not that ‘little corner of earth’ where the poet listens to the heartbeat of a troubled century?
In this remarkable body of poems, place crosses path with time and the present is a delicate diaphragm between the past and the future in documenting important and epic events in world history including the 2007 celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade and 9/11.
This collection is a voiceprint of a poet who has played no small role in shaping the theme, tone and tenor of contemporary African poetry. Anyidoho says, ‘It is the burden and curse of the poet to sing the loss of all our crops after the raging fire has burned the bush and all the harvest into ash.’ This is a distinguished collection and a must read.
Kofi Anyidoho (born 25 July 1947) is a Ghanaian poet and academic who comes from a family tradition of Ewe poets and oral artists. He is currently Professor of Literature at the University of Ghana.
He has received numerous awards for his poetry, including the Valco Fund Literary Award, the Langston Hughes Prize, the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award, the Fania Kruger Fellowship for Poetry of Social Vision, Poet of the Year (Ghana), and the Ghana Book Award.