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New-Generation African Poets
A Chapbook Box Set
Edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani
Illustrator/ Cover Artist: Tariku Shiferaw

Akashic Books
September 8, 2020/ ISBN 9781617758164
Limited Edition Poetry [Boxed Set]

Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Here is a lovely set of poetry chapbooks, beautifully illustrated, and thematically suited for this world, now more “global” than ever. Travel, immigration, the Internet and media as a whole have made it so. One of the editors of this project—for it is indeed a project, an annual project—calls it a “porous” world in his introduction. That indicates that though these chapbooks are by poets with African roots all, they are all part of Editor Kwame Dawes’ permeable world. Therefore, these are voices and viewpoints that should be read and appreciated across all borders including nationalities, religions, and races.

Further, these poets speak from the heart, mostly in poetic language that could easily be mistaken for everyday prose. Well, maybe not “everyday.” Maybe that should be qualified as prose of the highest order. Easily understood. Intrinsically felt.

Individual chapbooks by Michelle Angwenyi, Afua Ansong, Adedayo Agarau, Fatima Camara, Sadia Hassan, Safia Jama, Henneh Kyereh Skaku, Nadra Mabrouk, Nkateko Masinga, Jamila Osman, and Tryphena Yeboah.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, multi award-winning author of The Frugal Book Promoter, now in its third edition and other books in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers.
Reviewed 2020