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Collected Poems
Christopher Okigbo
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Collected Poems

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Hardcover, 99 pages
Published by Heinemann Educational Books (first published 1971)
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I don't know anyone who much reads poetry anymore. There's the effort involved and besides, it's a tricky form, more personal than prose. Donne and Dickenson might speak to you, while Baudelaire and Blake beckon me (why, yes as it happens!). Which brings us to Okigbo. Slaughtered in the Nigerian civil war of 1967 at just 35, one legend says Labyrinths includes remnants of his work, prophetically titled “the Path of Thunder”, salvaged from his burning hilltop home. And though I can't say he speak ...more
When I first skimmed through this book at my school's library I was attracted to the imagery and playful yet serious use of words. I almost put it back on the shelf but gave it another thought and brought this little book of poems home with me.
The poetry was well written and bordered on being really good, but often felt good enough to read once. I liked Okigbo's short summary of his character and his life on the back inside cover the most. It's a shame he died so early.
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Jan 17, 2012 Sidney Davis marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I just ordered this book. Christopher Okigbo is considered one of the most celebrated of Africa's greatest thinkers on African spirituality and tradition. Okigbo believed that as the Hebrew Old Testament Bible was written for the Hebrews, so Africans must seek to know the Lost Scriptures of their ancestors written specifically for them. Only then can they find their true place in life and in the worlds religions.
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