Books in category Poetry – African

  • Directed by Desire

    Directed by Desire
    June Jordan

    The cloth edition of Directed by Desire was selected as a Library Journal Poetry Book of the Year and received the Lambda Book Award for Lesbian Poetry. June Jordan taught at UC Berkeley for many years and founded Poetry for the People.

  • Modern Rasputin

    Modern Rasputin
    Lyster, Rosa

    Eclectic, eccentric and eloquent, Modern Rasputin establishes Rosa Lyster as one of South Africa's most exciting young writers.

  • Bobweaving Detroit

    Bobweaving Detroit
    Murray E. Jackson, Ted Pearson, Kathryne V. Lindberg

    From a poet whose vision and vistas embrace Detroit's glass-strewn streets and soaring high-rises, this collection is universal yet site-specific in its evocation of jazz and its improvisations on the classics.

  • Serurubele

    Shoro, Katleho Kano

    Johannesburg performance-poet Katleho Kano Shoro puts her stage presence into print with this metapoetic debut collection that captures the cadences of her fearless voice, her unassuming sense of humour, and her enthusiasm for an …

  • Beware the Drives

    Beware the Drives
    Sammy Oke Akombi

    This collection of verse, which has mostly short poems, some of which are two-liners, is an outcome of several years of keen observation of the very nature of man.

  • The Everyday Wife

    The Everyday Wife
    Phillippa Yaa De Villiers

    In this, her second volume of poetry, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers unravels the security blanket of routines, exposing the soul of the quotidian. What treats are served up in this new book of poems by Phillippa Yaa de Villiers!

  • Fuchsia

    Mahtem Shiferraw

    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.

  • My Brother My Sister

    My Brother, My Sister
    Loretta Burns, Bill F. Ndi

    The fiery passion and epigrammatic terseness with which Loretta Burns re-enacts her experiences and observations as an African American woman in contemporary America reveal her as a poet of life who transcends the labels African American, …

  • Their Champagne Party Will End Poems in Honor of Bate Besong

    Their Champagne Party Will End! Poems in Honor of Bate Besong
    Bate Besong, Joyce Ashuntantang

    The poems in this collection are a tribute to the man and his work, and provide a snapshot of the mood that prevailed after his death.

  • 100 Days

    100 Days
    Juliane Okot Bitek

    Poems that recall the senseless loss of life and of innocence in Rwanda.

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