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Another Nigger Dead: Poems (African Writers Series, 116)

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ISBN-13: 978-0435901165
ISBN-10: 0435901168
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From rear cover notes: "Taban Lo Liyong, one of the most stimulating figures in East African writing, was born in Uganda in 1938. He was the first African to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree from the famous Writers Workshop of the University of Iowa....Here are the darting thoughts of Taban Lo Liyong. The attack and deftness of these poems will be familiar to those who have enjoyed Frantz Fanon's Uneven Ribs with Poems, More and More (AWS 90)."

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  • Series: African Writers Series, 116
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (Txt) (June 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435901168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435901165
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Taban Lo Lyong, Another Nigger Dead (Heinemann, 1972)

I am a big, big fan of Heinemann's wonderful African Writers Series. The west wouldn't know about 90% of the writing that came out of Africa from the fifties through the eighties were it not for Heinemann. It's not all great, of course, but I'm thrilled to at least be able to read a good deal of it.

Taban Lo Liyong is a pretty good example of "not great." He's good, when he's on his game, which is not surprising for a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. And when he does prose (the final piece in the book), he's got a good wit and an eye for satire. Unfortunately, though, most of his poetry treads a boundary that lies between confessional and socially conscious, and he's too busy trying to get his message across to so things like give us images to work with. The majority of the poems here are two- to six-line pieces, three to a page, and one would think that an author working in such compact forms would understand the power of image. He doesn't, though, and so his poems come off as aphorisms most of the time, rather than actual poems.

Still, there's enough good here to give this a slight recommend. Save it for a rainy day, though, when you don't have anything better on the nightstand waiting for you. ** ½
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