The masterful wedding of the narrative and the lyric in these poems (whose subject is the maturation of a sensibility, the coming-of-age of a young Englishwoman — the power of her ties to family, husband and her "adopted" country, Nigeria — as well as the illumination of her own soul and that of the narrator’s) fills the reader with both sorrow and wonder. It is an instructive tale for our age — its vision of the individual will and imagination resisting the madness of politics and the destruction of war is singular and profound. (Description by Carol Muske-Dukes)
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Chris Abani has published two novels, Masters of the Board (Delta, 1985) which won the 1983 Delta Fiction Award, and Sirocco (Swan, 1987). His short fiction has been widely anthologized. He has written and produced two plays, Room at the Top (IBC, 1983) and Song of a Broken Flute (IMOSU, 1990). His last book of poetry, Kalakuta Republic (Saqi, 2001), received the 2001 PEN USA West Freedom-to-Write Award and the 2001 Prince Claus of Netherlands Award. He is a Middleton Fellow at USC and teaches at Antioch University’s MFA program in Los Angeles.
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