Carcanet Press
Quote of the Day
Your list has always been interesting, idiosyncratic, imaginative and your translations [...] have been a source of pleasure to me.
Al Alvarez

Collected Poems

Chinua Achebe

Cover Picture of Collected Poems
RRP: GBP 9.95
Discount: 10%
You Save: GBP 0.99

Price: GBP 8.96
Available Add to basket
ISBN: 978 1 857548 43 3
Categories: 20th Century, African, Black and Asian
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: November 2005
216 x 135 x 6 mm
96 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Digital access available through Exact Editions
  • Description
  • Excerpt
  • Author
  • Contents
  • Reviews
  • remember also your children
    for they in their time will want
    a place for their feet when
    they come of age and the dance
    of the future is born
    for them.

            from 'Beware, Soul Brother'
    Chinua Achebe is one of the founding fathers of African literature in English, a writer of world stature whose novel Things Fall Apart is one of the essential works of the twentieth century. This Collected Poems draws on his three collections of poetry, and includes seven previously unpublished poems; it reveals a lifetime of poetic engagement with politics, war and culture, inherited wisdom and the making of new futures. Achebe's poems are ironic, generous and tender, drawing deep on the Igbo traditions of his African roots, confronting the continent's harsh realities of violence and exploitation.
    Table of Contents

    In Lieu of a Preface: A Parable

    Benin Road
    Mango Seedling
    Pine Tree in Spring
    The Explorer
    Agostinho Neto

    Poems About War
    The First Shot
    A Mother in a Refugee Camp
    Christmas in Biafra (1969)
    Air Raid
    Biafra, 1969
    An "If" of History
    Remembrance Day
    A Wake for Okigbo
    After a War

    Poems Not About War
    Love Song (for Anna)
    Love Cycle
    Beware, Soul Brother
    Generation Gap
    Knowing Robs Us
    Bull and Egret
    Public Execution in Pictures

    Gods, Men, and Others
    Penalty of Godhead
    Those Gods Are Children
    Lament of the Sacred Python
    Their Idiot Song
    The Nigerian Census

    He Loves Me; He Loves Me Not
    We Laughed at Him

    Chinua Achebe was born in Ogidi in 1930, and graduated from Ibadan University in 1953. After studying in the BBC staff school with other Commonwealth broadcasters, he worked as a radio broadcaster until 1966, when he left his post as director of external broadcasting in Nigeria during the national upheaval that ... read more
      '...easily the most powerful book I read in 2005.'
    Matthew Sweet, the Independent
    Praise for Chinua Achebe 'There was a writer named Chinua Achebe, in whose company the prison walls fell down.'
    Nelson Mandela

      'The father of African literature in the English language and undoubtedly one of the most important writers of the second half of the twentieth century.'
    Caryl Phillips
      'A magical writer - one of the greatest of the twentieth century.'
    Margaret Atwood
     'Chinua Achebe is gloriously gifted with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent.'
    Nadine Gordimer

     'He taught us a way of integrating what we know from being African with what we've become - hybrids of a kind.'
    Nuruddin Farah

You might also be interested in:
Cover of Spirit Brides
Spirit Brides Togara Muzanenhamo
Cover of The Canary's Songbook
One Eye'd Leigh Katharine Kilalea
Share this...
The Carcanet Blog New Poetries VII: Out Next Week! read more New Poetries VII: Zohar Atkins read more New Poetries VII: Rebecca Cullen read more New Poetries VII: Luke Allan read more New Poetries VII: Vala Thorodds read more New Poetries VII: Neil Fleming read more
Arts Council Logo
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2018 Carcanet Press Ltd