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This is an anthology of poems by Sudanese-born prolific writer and literary scholar, Taban lo Liyong. In the anthology lo Liyong focuses on wide ranging contemporary issues and subjects, drawing on his wealth of experience both as a seasoned intellectual and a discerning observer of the developments which have unfolded on the African continent in the last half century.


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This is an anthology of poems by Sudanese-born prolific writer and literary scholar, Taban lo Liyong. In the anthology lo Liyong focuses on wide ranging contemporary issues and subjects, drawing on his wealth of experience both as a seasoned intellectual and a discerning observer of the developments which have unfolded on the African continent in the last half century.

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    Riva Hadi

    This poetry book is light-hearted and yet philosophical, Taban Lo Liyong's poetry flows effortlessly and belies the public mistrust of modern African poetry as academic and dry. This book is a compilation of modern African poetic tradition, it’s full of wit, humor, and word-play that any reader will feel happy to indulge in. The poetry in this book is present-oriented, indeed even future-oriented, his poems draw on tradition, not only through references to traditional characters and events and i This poetry book is light-hearted and yet philosophical, Taban Lo Liyong's poetry flows effortlessly and belies the public mistrust of modern African poetry as academic and dry. This book is a compilation of modern African poetic tradition, it’s full of wit, humor, and word-play that any reader will feel happy to indulge in. The poetry in this book is present-oriented, indeed even future-oriented, his poems draw on tradition, not only through references to traditional characters and events and in his fable-like use of animals, but also in their form. The poems in this book are sometimes depicted as riddles, or have moral lessons at the end. lo Liyong use of paradoxes and his exclusiveness prompt the reader to an increased degree of alertness. His poems say exactly what readers expect them to say from the way they begin, sometimes bitterly or ironical. His poems are inspired both by traditional forms and by modern experiment, lo Liyong produces subtle and moving poems out of the pain and confusion of the community in which he lives.

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