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New African Poetry : An Anthology,9780894108914

New African Poetry : An Anthology

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1(10)
CENTRAL AND EAST AFRICA
Congo (formerly Zaire)
Mukula Kadima-Nzuji
11(2)
Incantations of the Sea: Moando Coast
11(2)
Kenya
Jared Angira
13(6)
Newscast
13(1)
Obbligato from Public Gallery
14(1)
Old Wharf Canto
15(1)
Dialogue
16(1)
Symphony from the Balcony
17(2)
Malawi
Steve Chimombo
19(5)
Of Promises and Prophecy
19(3)
Four Ways of Dying
22(2)
Frank Chipasula
24(6)
Manifesto on Ars Poetica
24(2)
A Love Poem for My Country
26(1)
The Singing Drum
27(1)
Everything to Declare
28(1)
Double Song
29(1)
Jack Mapanje
30(5)
These Too Are Our Elders
30(1)
Visiting Zomba Plateau
31(1)
Making Our Clowns Martyrs
32(1)
The Cheerful Girls at Smiller's Bar, 1971
33(1)
On Being Asked to Write a Poem for 1979
34(1)
Lupenga Mphande
35(3)
I Was Sent For
35(1)
Walking the Plateau
36(1)
Pain
37(1)
Edison Mpina
38(3)
Reborn
38(1)
Summer Fires of Mulanje Mountain
39(2)
Tanzania
Freddy Macha
41(2)
An Artist and a Wailing Mother
41(1)
Corruption
42(1)
Uganda
Assumpta Acam-Oturu
43(4)
An Agony...A Resurrection
43(4)
NORTH AFRICA
Egypt
Abdul Maqsoud Abdul Karim
47(3)
Nightmare I
47(2)
Nightmare III
49(1)
Amal Dunqul
50(3)
The Scaffold
50(2)
Tomorrow
52(1)
The City a Wrecked Ship
52(1)
Iman Mirsal
53(2)
Abortion
53(1)
Confessions
54(1)
I Usually Look Around Me
54(1)
Ahmed Taha
55(6)
Abode of Arrival
55(1)
State of Butterfly
56(1)
Arabesque
57(1)
December 31
57(2)
Wall of Dreams (2)
59(2)
Morocco
Mohammad Bennis
61(2)
Belonging to a New Family
61(2)
Rachida Madani
63(2)
Here I Am Once More...
63(2)
Sudan
Muhammad 'Abd al-Hayy
65(4)
Ode of Signs
65(4)
Tunisia
Muhammad al-Ghuzzi
69(4)
Female
69(2)
Quatrains for Joy
71(1)
The Pen
72(1)
Amina Said
73(6)
On the Tattered Edges...
73(1)
My Woman's Transparence
74(1)
The Africa of the Statue
75(1)
The Vultures Grow Impatient
76(3)
SOUTHERN AFRICA
Angola
Joao Pedro
79(2)
Homecoming
79(2)
Jofre Rocha
81(2)
Guerilla Fighter
81(1)
Poem of Return
82(1)
South Africa
Mafika Pascal Gwala
83(2)
From the Outside
83(1)
Promise!
84(1)
Zindzi Mandela
85(4)
There's an Unknown River in Soweto
85(1)
I Saw as a Child
86(1)
I Have Tried Hard
87(1)
I Waited for You Last Night
88(1)
Gcina Mhlophe
89(2)
Sometimes When It Rains
89(2)
Luvuyo Mkangelwa
91(2)
Observations
91(1)
The Women Sing...
92(1)
Christine (Douts) Qunta
93(2)
The Know
93(2)
Leseko Rampolekeng
95(4)
Welcome to the New Consciousness
95(3)
Wet Pain...Tread with Care
98(1)
Mongane Wally Serote
99(6)
Ofay-Watcher Looks Back
99(2)
City Johannesburg
101(1)
Alexandria
102(2)
This Old Woman
104(1)
Zimbabwe
Samuel Chimsoro
105(3)
The Curfew Breakers
105(2)
The Change
107(1)
Chenjerai Hove
108(4)
Red Hills of Home
108(2)
You Will Forget
110(2)
Dambudzo Marechera
112(3)
Desert Crossing
112(1)
The Old Man Inside Me
112(1)
When Love's Perished
113(1)
The Cemetery in the Mind
114(1)
Neither Innocence Nor Experience
114(1)
Kristina Rungano
115(2)
This Morning
115(2)
Musaemura Zimunya
117(8)
Arrivants
117(2)
Kisimiso
119(2)
Let It Be
121(1)
Mr Bezuidenhout's Dogs
122(3)
WEST AFRICA
Cameroon
Fernando D'Almeida
125(2)
By Forty-Sixth
125(2)
Gahlia Gwangwa'a
127(2)
Leaking Roof
127(2)
Sim Kombem
129(2)
Another Moment
129(2)
Cape Verde
Adelina da Silva
131(2)
Return to the Homeland
131(1)
Along the Banks of the Charles
132(1)
Alberto Ferreira Gomes
133(2)
The Martyred Tamarind
133(2)
Luis Andrade Silva
135(2)
The Island and Europe
135(1)
The Emigrant's Son
136(1)
Cote D'Ivoire
Veronique Tadjo
137(2)
Three Poems
137(2)
Gambia
Tijan M. Sallah
139(6)
The Elders Are Gods
139(1)
No Argument Tonight
140(1)
Mr. Agama
141(2)
Television as God
143(2)
Ghana
Kobena Eyi Acquah
145(3)
I Want to Go to Keta
145(2)
They're Tearing Up the Old Graveyard
147(1)
Kofi Anyidoho
148(6)
They Hunt the Night
148(2)
Elegy for the Revolution
150(1)
Tsitsa
151(1)
Murmuring
151(1)
Our Birth-Cord
152(2)
Abena Busia
154(2)
Exiles
154(1)
Illicit Passion
155(1)
Mawu of the Waters
155(1)
Naana Banyiwa Horne
156(4)
Messages
156(3)
A Note to My Liberal Feminist Sister (1)
159(1)
Kojo Laing
160(3)
Steps
160(1)
I Am the Freshly Dead Husband
161(2)
Kwadwo Opoku-Agyemang
163(2)
King Tut in America
163(2)
Guinea
Ahmed Tidjani-Cisse
165(2)
Home News
165(2)
Niger
Oumarou Watta
167(2)
A Stone at the Tip of the Tongue
167(1)
Cloud Rains
168(1)
Nigeria
Catherine Acholonu
169(5)
The Way
169(1)
The Spring's Last Drop
170(2)
Harvest of War
172(2)
Funso Aiyejina
174(3)
May Ours Not Be
174(1)
When the Monuments...
175(1)
The Dialogue
176(1)
Ifi Amadiume
177(3)
Bitter
177(1)
Oya Now
178(1)
4th Witness---The Petty Thieves
179(1)
Ezenwa-Ohaeto
180(5)
I Wan Bi President
180(5)
Angela Miri
185(2)
Do Not Stop Me!
185(2)
Chimalum Nwankwo
187(4)
Poem
187(1)
Asphalt
188(3)
Odia Ofeimun
191(3)
Prologue...
191(1)
The New Brooms
192(1)
Song
193(1)
Tanure Ojaide
194(7)
Where Everybody Is King
194(2)
The Fate of Vultures
196(1)
A Verdict of Stone
197(1)
The Daydream of Ants
198(2)
Where the Nightmare Begins
200(1)
Femi Osofisan
201(6)
Release
201(1)
Paris Latin Quarter
202(2)
She Thinks in Song
204(2)
Longing
206(1)
Niyi Osundare
207(6)
I Sing of Change
207(1)
Who Says That Drought Was Here
208(2)
XXII
210(1)
XIV
210(2)
The Word Is an Egg
212(1)
Mabel Tobrise
213(2)
Dyeing
213(2)
Senegal
Amadou Lamine Sall
215(4)
Letter to a Roving Poet
215(1)
Cloak of Dawn
216(3)
Sierra Leone
Syl Cheney-Coker
219(6)
Analysis
219(2)
Peasants
221(1)
Poet Among Those Who Are Also Poets
222(1)
Childhood
223(1)
Dead Eyes
224(1)
Iyamide Hazeley
225(4)
Beloved
225(1)
Lungi Crossing
226(1)
When You Have Emptied Our Calabashes
227(2)
Notes 229(2)
Index of Authors 231(2)
About the Book 233

Excerpts


Chapter One

Mukula Kadima-Nzuji

(b. 1947)

* * *

Born in Lumumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Kadima-Nzuji has published three collections of poems: Les Ressacs (Kinshasa, 1969), Prelude a la Terre (Kinshasa, 1971), and Redire les Mots Anciens (Paris, 1977). The following poem was translated from the French by Gerald Moore.

INCANTATIONS OF THE SEA: MOANDO COAST

Shocks of dizziness

my waves, my fears of the ocean

on the salty strand of my desire.

Shocks of carnal dreams

my heaps of loosened cliff

in the bitter absence

of sap mounting to the brim of the foam.

Loosened my pollens of drunkenness

and tied and retied my seaweeds

milky way of destinies.

And I hear

stooped over the virgin insomnia

of altitudes

the savage cries of the sea

and the rough backwash of my being.

Jared Angira

(b. 1947)

* * *

Angira studied commerce at the University of Nairobi, where he edited the literature department's magazine, Busara. He has worked in Dar es Salaam for the East African Harbours Corporation and has been Africa's representative on the International Executive Committee of the World University Service. His published poetry collections include Juices, Silent Voices (1972), Soft Corals, Cascades (1979), and Tides of Time: Selected Poems (1996). In many of his poems, as in Cascades, he sides with the poor and oppressed of his home country, Kenya.

NEWSCAST

Listening to the newsreel today

Is like watching an open wound

A painful conscription from which you emerge

Shaking like a leaf.

Ninety lives perished

In the jumbo flame

And on the telly screen

Focused only

A small sorrow

To encourage further viewing.

One hundred killed

In a palace attack

The caster's voice, indifferent,

Marks his distant observation tower

Cinematically passing the pain

To the listener, the viewer.

As if that is not enough

Flashes the last decapitate of the mind

Late news: Two hundred executed

By firing squad:Imagine that, ten o'clock at night!

OBBLIGATO FROM A PUBLIC GALLERY

The public has no belief

In democracy:

It has mocked his expectations.

The public has no hope

In the party;

The party partitioned his self

For the zombies are the partisans,

The public the humble listener.

The public has no confidence

In the "nation,"

Has nationalised collectivity into individualism.

The public does not want sirens

Of witches

have idolised them into robots.

The public has no more patience

For philosophy

Filibustered too long with the basic needs.

The public now wants bread

At least to breed tomorrow.

The public now wants rice

At least to rise tomorrow.

The public is tired

Of following the rainbow.

The public wants to believe

That tomorrow will not be dead.

The public wants to believe

That behind tomorrow there is hope,

The conquest of man's destiny.

At least, the public wishes to sleep

In the understanding that on the morrow

He'll rise above the grave

Having conquered the long arms of contradictions.

OLD WHARF CANTO

In moments of anguish

I have even built hopes

On the glowing moon

Only, the glimmer sinks down the troubled ocean.

In moments of despair

I have incubated my eggs

In the warmth of the after-rain evaporation

Only, the warmth oozes down the troubled waters.

In moments of hope

I have visited the abandoned ship

Daring the cold solitude of the old wharves

Only, courage falls deep down the troubled waters.

What moments, shall

Idiotic diver, submerge the whirlpools

To hold up the winds for my sail?

And the troubled waters

Consume the whirlpools.

DIALOGUE

She asked me why I did such things:

I looked at the Sun, it shone at will.

She asked me when I'll do all that I should have done:

I thought of the rains that fall at will.

She asked me why I failed to fulfill my words:

The balance of payments rocked in a whirling mess.

She asked me why like the dumb I sat:

I thought of the stub of words, the blood they leave.

She asked me why I never laughed:

I thought of men who laugh in tears.

She asked me why no tango I danced:

And I recalled the cripples who'd never stood upright.

She asked me why I'd suddenly stopped to sprint like the hart:

I looked down the west and saw the sun sink slowly down.

She asked me why I was happy no more:

Across the sky I saw the rainbow arc

Across the road a mirage shone and quickly fled

And I recalled the dreams of the previous night.

She demanded the best the world could give.

And I recalled the rabble who had no vote.

She asked me why my life had rolled down the slopes

And I recalled the many tombs in the deserted vale.

SYMPHONY FROM THE BALCONY

Sometimes I sit in the balcony

And watch the rivers of the world

Flow down the many deltas

Impatiently awaited by the ocean deeps

Sometimes I watch

The young birds of the air

Leave their parents to make a living

But all in a pair, face to the world

When I long for peace

Mind hovers with the quails

Knowing too well

However tired the wings no landing on tree

When therefore I gather my selves

Scattered like the rivers on land

I long for their waters

To lead to the sea

And we all wish

That after these travels

All scattered feelings

Would converge

On that ocean, the livid.

Copyright 1999 Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.. All rights reserved.



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