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Sanctificum

Sanctificum

by Chris Abani
     
 

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“Abani . . . explores place and humor, exile and freedom with poems of experience and imagination . . . [he] enters the wound with a boldness that avoids nothing. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

“Stunning poems.” —New Humanist

A self-described “zealot of optimism,” poet and novelist

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“Abani . . . explores place and humor, exile and freedom with poems of experience and imagination . . . [he] enters the wound with a boldness that avoids nothing. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

“Stunning poems.” —New Humanist

A self-described “zealot of optimism,” poet and novelist Chris Abani bravely travels into the charged intersections of atrocity and love, politics and religion, loss and renewal. In poems of devastating beauty, he investigates complex personal history, family, and romantic love.

Sanctificum, Abani’s fifth collection of poetry, is his most personal and ambitious book. Utilizing religious ritual, the Nigerian Igbo language, and reggae rhythms, Abani creates a post-racial, liturgical love song that covers the globe from Abuja to Los Angeles.

I say hibiscus and mean innocence.
I say guava and mean childhood.
I say mosquito netting and mean loss.
I say father and it means only that.
Happen that we all dream, but the sea is only sea.
Happen that we call upon God but it is only a breeze
ruffling a prayer book in a small church
where benches groan in the heat . . .

Chris Abani was born in Nigeria in 1966 and published his first novel at sixteen. He was imprisoned for his writings, and after his release he eventually moved to the United States. He is the author of ten books of poetry and fiction, including the best-selling novel GraceLand. He teaches at the University of California-Riverside and lives in Los Angeles.

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Library Journal
A Guggenheim Fellow and best-selling author (Graceland), Nigerian-born poet/novelist Abani sets a personal best with his latest collection. Divided into sections focusing on politics, young love, and genocide, the poems use musical rhythms and snatches of Igbo language to conjure images of human strife, nostalgia, and miscomprehension. These pieces are not confined to a single locale, clearing the divides that dictate societal ignorance. The range of topics and the unorthodox presentation might seem overly ambitious, but Abani beautifully amalgamates the intelligible, the ethical, and the aesthetic, as evidenced by the poem "Processional": "Igbos littered northern streets like so many dead flowers/ I trimmed the wick. The lantern gulped hungrily for life/ stuttered once, twice, then gone/ Quenched." His greatest success, however, lies in his ability to make the slightest moments enjoyable: "I know a brilliant man who is more beautiful when he sings in the shower with his girlfriend." VERDICT This collection's accomplishments may escape readers who lack world knowledge and a foundation in traditional forms, but will be gratifying for literary lovers.—Ashanti White, Fairbanks, AK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619320710
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Publication date:
06/07/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
434,597
File size:
3 MB

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Chris Abani was born in Nigeria in 1966 and published his first novel at sixteen. He has been imprisoned, tortured, and sentenced to death for his literary activities. After fleeing Nigeria he continued to write, and is the author of ten books of poetry and fiction. He teaches at UC Riverside.

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