Rhythms of Creation: An Anthology of Okike Poetry

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Donatus Ibe Nwoga
Fourth Dimension Publishers, 1982 - Literary Collections - 328 pages
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An anthology of poems from Okike, An African Journal of New Writing, inspired and edited by Chinua Achebe. The journal published writers throughout the flourishing period of creativity in the seventies, and was historically a major movement in African literature. The work contains 190 poems from 87 poets. The poets are from Nigeria and other African countries. Some are established writers - Dennis Brutus, Kofi Akoonor and Wole Soyinka; and the volume includes a number of powerful poems by the father of modern African literature himself. Others are lesser known as poets but still of considerable literary stature, for example, Micere Githae- Mugo, a Kenyan, who co-authored a play with Ngugi, and several South Africans, writing from inside, or in exile from, the apartheid regime. The anthology is organised thematically under the headings: 'the words we use'; 'of god and nature'; 'of men and women'; 'of hopes and doubts'; 'of past and present'; 'of troubled times'; 'of heroes and cowards'; and 'a call to freedom'.

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Contents

Poetics an extract Onwuchekwa Jemie 219
2
My PIDGIN Bayo Sobanjo Fuwape 13 19
3
Soweto Sunrise Zulu Molefe 7 38 32
7
OF GOD AND NATURE
9
Dibia Ihechukwu Madubuike 3 44
13
Can You Not See the Elephant Gods? Poem for Uganda BakulumpagiLwanga 12 910
14
Moon Dance Uche Okeke 7 27
16
A Poor Mans Prayer Nnamdi Olebara Trans Chinweizu 17 412
17
OF TROUBLED TIMES
171
When My Passport Came and I was Given a Year Kofi Awoonor 5 10
173
Fire Laughter Chinweizu 2 1
176
August 67 Odia Ofeimun 3 19
177
Sleep of Innocence Odia Ofeimun 3 19
178
Suddenly the Air Cracks Gabriel Okara I 45
179
Apres la Guerre Wole Soyinka 7 3
181
Golgotha Revisited Pol Ndu 7 37
183

The Quenched Dry Land T A M Sithole
21
The Toad is like Us J Kariara 3 39
40
For This Occasion for Dupe Funso Aiyejina
44
This World Willy Nnorom 9 23
52
Here We Are Like the Present Keorapetse
61
Earth to Earth KaluUka7 36
66
Song for Solomon Ifeanyi Menkiti 2 13
74
For My Daughter Taiwo Okusanya 9 29 22
77
She Tempts Me EagleWoman of Abalukwu
84
The Pledge Ihechukwu Madubuike 4 76 147
96
My Surrogate Chike C Aniakor 16 33
97
Poverty Rosemary Kwaku 16 70
103
I Want to Scream Odia Ofeimun 3 18
104
Groping for REKA II Nathan Nkala 3 38
105
The Present is a Dangerous Place to Live Keorapetse Kgositsile 3 57
106
Apology from London Arthur Nortje 16 71
112
The Distance Behind Me M W Serote 11 77
114
Pray Dennis Brutus 72 12
120
A Comparative Peace Dennis Brutus 7 7
122
The Drinkards Song Dele Babalola 72 39
127
Drenched in the Trench Gaius Anoka 2 27
128
The Home of Images Uche Okeke 7 26
129
Cleansing Pol Ndu 39
130
Question Chinua Achebe 7 22
132
Seasons J Okome 76 5051
135
The Ascent J Okome 16 51 52
136
Song of Beauty Catherine Obianuju Acholonu
138
Lay the Wreath Now Blessing Chihara Osuagwu 17 13
139
Smoulder Brother Smoulder Pol Ndu 7 38
140
Rain Storm Iheanyi Duruoha 77 323
141
Lake Chad I Ibn Mukhtar
144
Donald Burness 6 35
148
The Saviour Chinweizu 2 2
149
The Transformation Ifeanyi Menkiti 4 49
152
The Drunken Priest Ifeanyi Menkiti 4 50
153
The Song of a Twin Brother To Kofi Awoonor Kofi Anyidoho 8 810
154
Cultural hoohah and situation ethics and Echoes past and present? Olayinka Daini 13 1213
157
Lady Onwuchekwa Jemie 2 18
159
Veterans Day Ifeanyi Menkiti 2 17
160
Frys still sell chocolate John Bruin 2 7
161
Spring Boots J O Abolade 16 4
162
The Chameleon D Djidere trans Egbuna Modum 17 80
163
Lord Killjoy Rose with the Sun Chudi Uwazurike 17 3537
164
The American Youngster in Rags Chinua Achebe 12 35
167
The Battle of the Elephants For Christopher Okigbo Ihechukwu Madubuike 7 9394
184
Doomed Life Emmanuel Obiechina 75 75
192
The Old Man and the Census Chinua Achebe
194
Remembrance Day Chinua Achebe 2 45
195
The Fields will Flourish Rex Quartey 75 567
197
Matunda ya Uhuru Malusu Jose 10 712
199
Nairobi Barry OduorOtieno 10 1718
203
Refugee Stephen Ndichu 10 35
207
Anonymous Don Mattera 77 69
210
Beebo Bankong O Obi 72 16
212
Inheritors Chukwuma Okoye 72 645
213
They Do Not Like Anger Chinweizu 4 345
217
Cabinet Reshuffle Nathan Nkala 7 92
220
We Were Once Poor but Wealthy Obiora
223
In Memory of a Miners Riot Musayamura Bonas Zimunya 77 56
226
Ujamaa Lesson Guy C Z Mhone 77 107108
227
Political Campaigns lyi Agwu 75 323
229
Mustapha 8 69
230
A Poem for My Brother and Mother Earth Tunde Adeniran 12 667
231
OF HEROES AND COWARDS
235
NONCommitment Chinua Achebe 7 23
237
Vultures Chinua Achebe 7 245
238
Elegy on the Middle Way Chinweizu 7 269
240
To the Eminent Scholar and Meddler Kofi Awoonor 5 6
246
To My Uncle Jonathan Kofi Awoonor 5 7
247
Black Dragons Christie Achebe 77 154
248
The Dragon of East Africa To Whom It May Concern Jerry Mphahlele 8 6683
250
Young Munchi Rowers Uche Okeke 17 5051
253
Soriatus Bhekokwakhe Langa 6 567
254
Born Musicians Zulu Molefe 11 37
256
The Crocodile Came to Land For Edafe Kwokori Tanure Ojaide 13 45
257
Let Us Live Tanure Ojaide 13 56
259
And Some Men Died Dennis Brutus 2 36
260
Heaps of Human Dust Kevin Echeruo 7 46
261
To a Friend Made and Lost in War Ossie O Enekwe4312
264
Lament for Ellsworth Janifer Onwuchekwa Jemie 17 5255
266
Solomon Mahlangu Dennis Brutus 75 37
271
Pine Tree in Spring For Leon Damas Chinua
281
Two Themes For Agostinho Neto and Godwin
287
It is Human Form Dennis Brutus 1
293
Daughter of Azania Abroad For Mamiki
303
The Hill Called Freedom For Angola Ossie
309
Statues of Power Funso Aiyejina 12 223
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