Kumukanda

Zambia - S. Africa

Kayo Chingonyi | Release date: 1 Jun 2017

Translating as ‘initiation’, Kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. The poems of Kayo Chingonyi’s remarkable debut explore this passage: between two worlds, ancestral and contemporary; between the li...

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The January Children

Sudan - N. Africa

Safia Elhillo | Release date: 1 Mar 2017

In her dedication Safia Elhillo writes, “The January Children are the generation born in Sudan under British occupation, where children were assigned birth years by height, all given the birth date January 1.” What follows is a deeply personal collection of poems that describe the expe...

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Funny Men Cannot Be Trusted

Nigeria - W. Africa

Tolu Akinyemi | Release date: 27 Jan 2017

‘Funny Men Cannot Be Trusted’ is the witty yet poignant third instalment in the unconventional ‘Poetry for people who hate poetry’ series. It is a collection that humorously melds the trivial and the serious. It’s introduced with an exploration of the roles, foibles, and ...

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In Praise of Defeat

Morocco - N. Africa

Abdellatif Laabi | Release date: 17 Jan 2017

One of the central writers and thinkers in contemporary Maghreb letters and banned by the Moroccan government, Abdellatif Laabi’s poetry is increasingly influential on the international scene and spans six decades of political and literary change, innovation, and struggle. Including ...

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100 Days

Kenya - E. Africa

Juliane Okot Bitek | Release date: 1 Mar 2016

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 t...

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Fuchsia

Ethiopia - E. Africa

Mahtem Shiferraw | Release date: 1 Mar 2016

Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, Ethiopian American Mahtem Shiferraw’s Fuchsia examines conceptions of the displaced, disassembled, and nomadic self. Embedded in her poems are colors, elements, and sensations that evoke painful memories related to deep-seated r...

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Grey Mornings, Black Noons and White Nights

Cameroon - C. Africa

N. Muma Alain | Release date: 24 Feb 2016

Regardless of our race, ethnic origin, religion, social status or net worth, we all experience similar things at some point during the course of our lives. Whilst a person on one end of the world may be feeling happy about landing a new job, another person, on the other end of the world is...

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The Words of my Mother

Nigeria - W. Africa

Chukwudi Okoye Ezeamalukwuo | Release date: 10 Dec 2015

The Words of my Mother is a multi-layered poetry collection which unearths a world which remains buried in our modern-day era, which is dominated by television, laptops, smartphones and social media. “The Words of my Mother” digs deeper beyond this – it reveals a world of...

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Clinical Blues

Nigeria - W. Africa

Dami Ajayi | Release date: 20 Oct 2014

Clinical Blues is a moveable feast of ideas, recollections, aspirations and apparitions of desire in the collective but submerged consciousness of the new Africa. Dami Ajayi, on the basis of this collection follows in a great tradition of medical doctors who were writers, and is also able ...

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Exotica Celestica – A Collection of Poems

Nigeria - W. Africa

Jude Idada | Release date: 1 Mar 2013

Exotica Celestica is a collection of poems that celebrates the marriage of the physical and the spiritual. It seeks to capture the unique amalgam of human emotions through the lens of a compassionate celestial force. It is a poetic commentary on the emotional phases of mankind; anger, hate...

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