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Night of My Blood

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Poems by Kofi Awoonor

Introduction by Ezekiel Mphahlele

In Night of My Blood, Kofi Awoonor uses the medium of traditional Ewe song to lament the neglect of his ancestral shrines and gods by a society perverted by the "senseless cathedral" of Western culture. In his vision, Africa is a corpse; the scavengers of modernity defile its memory and its people have chosen to forget
Hardcover, First edition, 96 pages
Published 1971 by Doubleday & Company, Inc.
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Reading this book of poetry in memory & honor of Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor, who was killed this past week during the Nariobi mall attack. (The Washington Post obituary is here.)

Here is a PBS interview with his nephew (also a poet) in which his nephew reads one of Awoonor's most famous poems, The Weaver Bird.

I finished Night of My Blood by Kofi Awoonor today. He is the Ghanaian poet who was killed recently in the Nairobi mall attack; his poetry is required reading in many of Gha
A dirge to Ghana, to West Africa, maybe all of Africa. Beautiful, and heart stopping at times. Universal and specific. A good one to keep on hand.

"If you turn your neck
Look at the whole world."

"The journey beyond is a long journey/
That is why not one alone can make it."
(I Heard a Bird Cry)

"The joy, brothers, the joy!
of waking up
breathing the benediction
of yet another dawn."
(I Hold the Dreams)

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Kofi Awoonor was a Ghanaian poet and author whose work combined the poetic traditions of his native Ewe people and contemporary and religious symbolism to depict Africa during decolonization. He started writing under the name George Awoonor-Williams. Professor Kofi Awoonor was among those who were killed in the September 2013 attack at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, by the al-Shabaab mi ...more

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