Pages from the Book of the Sun: New and Selected Poems

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865438682
  • Publisher: Africa World Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 264

Table of Contents

People Are My Clothes 3
Telling Gift 6
Thresholds 8
Stolen Silence 11
Musing Boulders 13
Book of Absence 14
Poems in Prison 15
Ode to Hate 16
A Modest Question 18
Purple Swagger 19
Rwanda 20
The Large Heart 21
Letter From the Editor 23
Text Worship 24
Entry Point Encounter 26
Beneath the Prairie Moon 30
Scribe of the Scribe 32
For Eldred Durosimi Jones 33
For Dorah Funmilayo Rosen 36
Feathered Heels 37
For Georgina Beier 39
Chavakali 41
Waiting For The Rain 42
For Breyten Breytenbach 44
The Battle of Hastings 45
For Kofi Agovi 47
Death Came in Little Whispers 49
For Tom Dent 51
Checkpoint Charlie 56
Berlin 1884/85 57
Zimbabwe (1) 58
Princess of Asmara 59
Invocation to Honor 60
Memory's Road 67
Memory Street 73
Scars of Unremembrance 75
We Shall Remember 78
Africa's Memory 80
Skinsong (2) 81
Skinsong (3) 82
End of History 83
Tender Courage 84
Green Memory 85
Memory's Mask 86
Testament (1) 87
Victim of a Map 88
Who's Afraid of the Proverb? 89
On Reading Senghor, Again 91
Peopled Imagination 93
I Met History Today 94
Horses of Memory 98
From Rocksongs 105
From What the River Said 112
From Human in Every Sense 116
From Diary of the Sun 124
From Breaking Walls 127
From Midlife 131
From Thread in the Loom 135
I pluck these words 139
Waiting ... 143
Waiting for the heifer 145
Waiting for the anxious fumes 146
Waiting like the grass 148
Winnowing season: we-knowing-season 149
Waiting like the Bastllie 151
Waiting on the stairs of the moon 152
My song is the even rib 153
The innocence of the Niger 154
Waiting still waiting 157
Waiting like the pothole 160
Waiting like a Hyena 161
Okerebu kerebu 162
Whoever hasn't kissed 164
Waiting like the eternal wisdom 165
Sowing 166
Waiting ... Grant us 168
From Moonsongs: Phase: I 171
From Moonsongs: Phase: II 175
From Moonsongs: Phase: III 177
From Moonsongs: Phase: V 178
From Moonsongs: Phase: VI 179
From Moonsongs: Phase: X 180
From Moonsongs: Phase: XII 182
From Moonsongs: Phase: XVI 184
From Moonsongs: Phase: XVII 186
From Moonsongs: Phase: XIX 187
From Moonsongs: Phase: XXII 189
From Moonsongs: Phase: XXIV 190
From Moonsongs: Monday Morning 192
From Moonsongs: Noonview 193
From Moonsongs: Shadows of Time 195
Earth 203
From Forest Echoes 204
The Rocks Rose to Meet Me 206
Harvestcall 210
Let Earth's Pain be Soothed 213
First Rain 215
Raindrum 216
Meet Me at Okeruku 217
But Sometimes When It Rains 218
Farmer-born 219
Ours to Plough, not to Plunder 221
Our Earth Will Not Die 222
The Word 227
Calling a Spade 228
The Poet 229
Shaping Clay 231
Like the Bee 233
Not Standing Still 234
A Nib in the Pond 235
Scribbling Hoe 236
Questions for a Pandering Poet 237
Atewolara 238
Letter from the Publisher 239
For John Donne 240
Promise Land 241
Collage 242
I am the Common Man 246
Noon Yet 248
Poetry Is 251
Siren 252
The Nigerian Railway 254
On Seeing a Benin Mask in a British Museum 255
Mindscope 257
I Sing of Change 258
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