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Collected Poems

Chinua Achebe

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Categories: 20th Century, African, BAME
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (96 pages)
(Pub. Nov 2005)
£9.95 £8.96
Digital access available through Exact Editions
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  • 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 This Collected Poems draws on his three collections of poetry, and includes seven previously unpublished poems; it reveals a lifetime of poetic engagement with politics, war and culture, inherited wisdom and the making of new futures.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
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