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The horsemen and other poems
by Obi Nwakanma
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159221519X, Paperback)This lyrical, expansive poetry takes the reader back and forth and back again: from the war in Biafra, to a life in exile; from the intimate, to the worldly; and always back to Here, among the coconut smell, the thatched synagogues, the swollen hands of God gathering the faithful Here, where the river washes her palm in the open. In Obi Nwakanma s first collection of poetry published in the US, we have the voice of the traveler, navigating the divide, and the soul of a mystic, rooted in the vibrant culture of his people. This poetry bucks the minimalism of the present western aesthetic in favor of a syncretic, universal lyric, with impressive linguistic reach. "Okigbo comes alive here, in searing strains that resound through passages of love and death, no less than of the urgent problems of contemporary society, especially the Africa of this poet's birth and growth. There is a freshness here, grounded nonetheless in the confident idioms of Nwakanma's poetic forebears. Even more, there is solid promise of tomorrow's harvest." --Isidore Okpewho This volume of poems is remarkable for its mix of styles and themes. More remarkable, though, in this age than the range of moods--desire, lamentation, tenderness, cynicism, outrage--is the maze of vibrant word-pictures: the incarnation and embodying, as it were, of deities, people, and places in unforgettable (almost classic) particularity of images. For this reader, the principal beauty of these poems lies in the haunting capacity for sometimes spurious, more often clever, tender and stellar enchantment. This is a myth-making poet in an age of prose and manifesto-poetry. Here is a painter's dream of poetry palpable in color and detail, whether of deities or scavengers; poetry fiercely alive with Agwü, Eke and Afö; but still a fantasy world of catacombs and junipers, a world haunted by the clatter of hooves on the stoned-paved medieval streets of this improbable fatherland. There are omens here of a greater poet in
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