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Kalakuta Republic is a powerful collection of poems detailing the harrowing experiences endured by Abani and others at the hands of Nigeria's military regime in the late 1980s. Abani's poems are dedicated to those who shared in but did not live through the suffering. In them he describes the characters that people this dark world, from the prison inmates to their torturers, the generals. Kalakuta Republic is based on his experience as political prisoner between 1985 and 1991.

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Kalakuta Republic is a powerful collection of poems detailing the harrowing experiences endured by Abani and others at the hands of Nigeria's military regime in the late 1980s. Abani's poems are dedicated to those who shared in but did not live through the suffering. In them he describes the characters that people this dark world, from the prison inmates to their torturers, the generals. Kalakuta Republic is based on his experience as political prisoner between 1985 and 1991.

Author Biography: Chris Abani was imprisoned after the publication of his first novel.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780863563225
  • Publisher: Saqi Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Introduction
Portal ä
Mask ä
Old Warrior ä
Rasa ä
Oyinbo Pepper ä
Chain Reaction ä
Ahimsa ä
Passion Fruit ä
Concrete Memories ä
Tequila Sunrise ä
Job ä
Killing Time ä
Jeremiah ä
The Box ä
Eden ä
Paper Doll ä
Tattoo ä
An English Gentleman ä
Waiting for Godot ä
Casual Banter ä
Boddhisatva ä
Koro ä
Mephistopheles ä
Good Friday ä
Ode to Joy ä
Caliban ä
The Hanged Man 65
Buffalo Soldier 67
Heavensgate 69
Mango Chutney 71
Rambo 3 74
Passover 76
Birds of Paradise 78
Square Dancing 80
Stir-Fried Visions 81
Egwu Onwa 82
Terminus 83
Smoke Screen 84
Reflexology 85
Solitaire 87
Mantra 88
Dream Stealers 89
Nirvana 90
Moby Dick 92
Six Ways to Deal with It 93
Articles of Faith 94
Epiphany 96
Jacob's Ladder 97
Postcard Pictures 100
Things to Do in London When You are Dead 106
Field Song 107
Haunting 108
Easter Sunday 109
Returning From Croydon 110
Babylon 111
Changing Times 113
Days of Thunder 114
Not a Love Song 115
A Definition of Tomorrow 116
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2001

    Stunning

    This book is a stunning achievement. I went from poem to poem in amazement at this writers ability to capture those moments of horror he endured as a political prisoner and transform them. Like Yeats said 'a terrible beauty is born' This is a splendid example of the poetry of witness and I think it belongs in the company of Akhmatova's Requiem. When she was asked 'Can you describe all this/and I said I can'. That is what this writer did, with words of power and grace, that will linger in anyone's head. It is fortunate to come upon them. The poems on London filled me with longing for that city one never tires of. Buy this book. It will change your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    Disturbing Times

    Abani's book of prison poetry has to be the most harrowing encouter I have had with literature of this sort. It is disturbing and dark and yet Abani manages to take you into the depths of that darkness and return you to the light with a deep sadness and yet an overwhelming sense of hope and light. A remarkable achievement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2001

    HeavensGate

    I have just read Abani's poems and I must say that not since Chris Okigbo's poems in the sixties have I read anything as raw, immediate and important from Nigeria. Abani achieves in his work something that eludes older and more published African writers - a universality that reaches out and touches everyone. While his poems are specific, they have a light, a music that makes them about all the important things in all our lives. If you read only one book this year, make it this one!

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