Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known

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First collection of poems for ten years by the Nobel Prize-winning poet and dramatist. Many of these poems were written whilst Soyinka was in enforced travel after a price was placed on his head by Sani Abacha, the Nigerian dictator, and thus address themes of journey and exile.

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Overview

First collection of poems for ten years by the Nobel Prize-winning poet and dramatist. Many of these poems were written whilst Soyinka was in enforced travel after a price was placed on his head by Sani Abacha, the Nigerian dictator, and thus address themes of journey and exile.

"One of the liveliest, most exciting writers in the world today."-The New York Times

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  • ISBN-13: 9780413772558
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Outsiders
Ah, Demosthenes! 3
Pens for Hire 5
Hours Lost, Hours Stolen 7
Business Lunch--The Bag Lady 10
Doctored Vision 14
Of Exits
Some Deaths are Worlds Apart 19
Exit Leet, Monster, Victim in Pursuit (Death of a Tyrant) 21
Where the News Came to me of the Death of a Tyrant 23
Exit 25
Calling Josef Brodsky for Ken Saro-Wiwa 26
Fugitive Phases
Lost Poems 33
In the Small Hours 35
Visiting Trees (Night Hunt) 36
The Sign of the Zealot
Twelve Canticles for the Zealot ... 43
Samarkand, and Other Markets I Have Known 49
Elegies
The Children of This Land 63
Tower Clock: Ake Revisited 65
Low-Cost Housing 67
Elegy for a Nation 68
Vain Ransom 78
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