Featuring the work of Mohammed Dib, Habib Tengour, Paul Dakeyo, Nimrod, Alain Mabanckou, Tchicaya U Tam'si, Kama Sywor Kamanda, Abdourahman A. Waberi, Tanella Boni, Venus Khoury-Ghata, Edouard Maunick, Khal Torabully, Abdellatif Laâbi, Babacar Sall, Tahar Bekri, Shams Nadir, Amina Saïd
Edited, translated and introduced by Patrick Williamson
Part of our Anthologies in Translation series edited by Jean Boase-Beier
Poetry is one of the major forms of literary expression in both Africa and the Arab World and this anthology endeavours to provide the reader with a glimpse of the most representative voices of the poetic movements, and generations, in the French-speaking countries of these two regions, at the same time as doing away with the divisions and distinctions between the countries of Africa. The poets anthologized here - from North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa and the Arab World - have long wished to escape from artificial pigeon-holing and rather to be associated with common threads. The past half-century has confirmed their work as poetry of great literary quality, full of a unique vitality and presence, and this anthology enables an English-speaking readership to discover and savour these distinctive voices.