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The Heinemann Book of African Women's Poetry

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ISBN-13: 978-0435906801
ISBN-10: 0435906801
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The editors of this haunting anthology of poetry, both African-born poets themselves, have selected work by women poets from 18 African countries, from Algeria to Senegal, Mauritius, and Zimbabwe. This broad geographical and cultural spectrum highlights Africa's considerable diversity while, simultaneously, affirming the shared experiences and perspectives of African women writers. A historical note is struck by the anthology's oldest poem, an obelisk inscription composed by Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt, while a modern Egyptian poet, Andre Chedid, epitomizes the dignity of the collection with her powerfully spare and provocative mediations. Unlike Queen Hatshepsut, most African women suffer tyranny, sexism, and poverty and toil in silence and anonymity. Chedid writes, "Often from a point without place / I stifle my story / From past to future / I conjugate the horizon." For many of these poets, the world is unrelentingly cruel, and they belie their vulnerability with stoicism. Donna Seaman


“The first collection of its kind. This volume is re-visionary, a step toward self-definition. . . Its main strength is the wide range of voices--42 poets from 18 countries. . . they have begun the process of remaking poetry in their own multifaceted images.”–Ms. Magazine

Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (February 8, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435906801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435906801
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,149,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Curtis F. Lawrence Jr. on February 15, 2010
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I borrowed this book from the libraryy over 17 years ago, and loved it. It is a collection of poetry by women from various countries on the continent of Africa. It reflects the struggles and relationships of the people of those countries from the perspective of a woman.
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