February 2016

Poetry and national rebirth

Poetry and national rebirthå

 

 

Poetry is the future of History.

 

In her book of essays, the African American poet, Nikki Giovanni reflected on the power of poetry and its function as an archival and procreative force. She said: “We cannot possibly leave it to history as a discipline, …nor to sociology nor science nor economics to tell the story of our people.”

(Sacred Cows . . . and Other Edibles. New York: William Morrow, 1988, p. 61).

Between dream and rage

Between dream and rage: the African experience in poetry

Between dream and rage, there lives the poet! Between dream and rage, there resides the solution to a new world consciousness. The author bears the magic incense of truth, the conviction to wake into new mornings of tender lights, where hope must be reborn, where every man and woman carries a sign of connection with the other man and the other woman.