The Matriarch’s Verse

I am a mongrel; a mixed breed of Ga, Ewe, Akuapem, English, Middle-Eastern and American cultures; I am a Third Culture Kid.

Apiorkor’s socio-cultural experiences are interesting and might appear to be unique. But the truth is that there are several other Ghanaians who are secret sharers of her life. Such people lack access to platforms that would allow them to tell their collective story, so that their societies and communities can re-think all of the things that affect them.

Happily, Apiorkor is an artist over matter and over emotions. She possesses a mastery over words and over the essences of life. Many Ghanaian men, women and children are like her.

And her voice represents their voices.

In this sensational collection, The Matriarch seeks to celebrate, shock, tickle, challenge and highlight our Ghanaian-ness in the 21st Century. The author peppers our imagination with the following:

What does it mean to be Ghanaian?

How have we progressed?

Why do we stand for the things we stand for?

Who really is the modern Ghanaian woman?

Where is the global place for the urban Ghanaian space?

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Aya

Okornore is a sorceress of words. And in the worlds she has created in this work, the reader is roller-coastered across places and spaces much deeper than the footprints she had splashed across cultures. The issues she scopes out are scheduled in a time capsule of infinite temporalities.

Soul! is what screams at you when you journey through page after page of this delicious collection. From the heavenly to the banal, from the questions of our time to the quest of ages, Aya provides a sounding board for what it means to be human. These sweet verses, minted from the heart of a cosmopolitan citizen, secrete mystery and creativity

Sometimes sassy, sometimes philosophical, Okornore nourishes the desire to read on and connect with a soulful source of erudition.

Aya is a harvest of possibilities.

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24 and Gnashing

I don’t know about you, but growing up is scary, confusing and it doesn’t get any better especially if you’re gnashing.

Actually, it is both funny and depressing like forcing a little kid to dance.

But we move on despite the pain, the joy, and rejections towards whatever end.

24 and Gnashing is a journey through the mind of a 24-year-old striding through the defining decade.

It talks about heartbreaks, faith, fear, the joy of friends and family, and maybe hope.

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The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems, 1964-2013

“Valuable for its vivid attempts to make new, locally rooted forms.”—Publishers Weekly

“A celebration of the work of one of our important world poets for readers both inside and outside Africa.”—From the foreword by Kwame Dawes

“We pay homage to Kofi Awoonor as a poet not only with a profound vision and articulation of the world, our world, but also with a gift of words that is at home in poetry, in prose, in critical literary studies, and equally in major essays about our African, our human condition.”—From the introduction by Kofi Anyidoho

Kofi Awoonor, one of Ghana’s most accomplished poets, had for almost half a century committed himself to teaching, political engagement, and the literary arts. The one constant that guided and shaped his many occupations and roles in life was poetry. The Promise of Hope is a beautifully edited collection of some of Awoonor’s most arresting work spanning almost fifty years.

A beautifully edited collection of poems spanning almost 50 years (1964-2013) of the author’s poetry, the Promise of Hope includes some of Kofi Awoonor’s arresting work.  Selected and edited by Kofi Anyidoho, himself a poet and academic in Ghana, the book contains much of Awoonor’s last unpublished poetry, along with many of his anthologized and classic poems.  The Promise of Hope was in its final stages in 2013 when at the time of the author’s tragic passing in Nairobi’s West Gate Mall terrorist attack. Published posthumously the following year, this engaging volume serves as a fitting contribution to the University of Nebraska Press’ inaugural cohort of books in the African Poetry Book Series.

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Unspoken

The debut collection of poetry and prose by Abena Amoah. Reading as a personal journal, Unspoken is divided into a three-chapter journey: Uncovering, Unburied, and Uncaged delivering a moving collection unearthing memory and unveiling abuse and trauma and its complexity in the mind of a woman.

There is a pain, loss, love, and surviving on these pages. Abena tells of it all with such fierceness and care.

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Ebony Dust

Ebony Dust is a collection of poems by one of West Africa’s outstanding poets. The collection is divided into three sections, namely: African Scene, American Scene and Various Scenes. These sections fall in line with the author’s experiences and travels within Africa, in Europe and America.

Ebony Dust is more than a collection of poems. It is one of the numerous media of expressions coming from emerging Africa.

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The Child and the Rainbow: Poems Celebrating Heavens Journey

Who can express fully the rainbow of experiences that come with living in the cocoon of salvation within the hustle and bustle of this place called ‘the world’? Many books are constantly being written about the Christian experience, so that God’s people may know Him and the power of Jesus’ resurrection. This collection of poetry celebrates the heavenly journey with bite sized testimonies in the form of poetry. It scans personal experiences, evaluation of the truth of the Gospel in contemporary holds barred expression of gratitude for knowing Christ and a hollering about what salvation (SOZO) means. It is my prayer that it will refresh, rekindle and restore faith, hope and love!

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The Wise Still Hear the Birds: Poems from an African Soul

Africa has many stories to tell. Tales of love, pain, play and authentic fiery living. They hit you as you travel across the continent and encounter the utter beauty, often strained poverty and yet tenacious joy of perhaps the most expressive race in humanity. These poems were written while savoring the integrity and paradoxes of strength, weakness, pain, beauty, faith, hope and love experienced as an African treading through my home space and other spaces.

They will touch you as they bring engagement with issues that a contemporary African must constantly acknowledge. Issues such as the profiling of Africa in international news, living as a migrant, politics of corruption, and quite simply, the dance and simplicity of this place. Ever the romantic, the games and excitements of the most complex emotion have always been significant in my outlook. So I say ‘love is a strange color – all colors merge into it!’

The collection is an exploratory journey of words capturing life and loving in this joyous black skin.

Let’s enjoy!

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A Garland for the Soul

Age: 13yrs and above 

Have your eyes traced words on a page somewhere and had an aha moment? You know, when your soul agrees to the truth of the words and it seems like a light bulb has suddenly been lighted in your mind. This book is a collection of 50 poems laden with verses that will speak to your soul. It is like reading your own thoughts to yourself. It yearns to speak courage, hope and love into the heart of the reader. It is designed to be your soul’s companion bringing sunshine into your life during the darkest of days.

As you read these words you will be reminded that you are absolutely not alone, that you are not perfect but you are still loved with a fierce love by the ultimate Lover of your soul as He is making you whole. It is meant to be a beautiful garland for your soul.

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Realities Trapped in Ink

Realities Trapped in Ink is a collection of poems and essays. This book looks away from nothing. It is contemplative, funny and bold. The author obviously has an observant eye and is able to examine societal issues with keen intelligence and a concrete set of images.

Realities Trapped in Ink is unique among its contemporaries, producing an entirely new experience for the reader.

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Brass Neck

There is a large embrace of erotic and ecstatic impulses in this work. At their best, the poems in Brass Neck contain epigrammatic quality that is memorable in its reach for the tonal largesse: “home is the chaos / where you feel / most alive.” One is moved by the terrible pain and utter betrayal of girlhood in that many poems in this book showcase. And, at the same time, one is also surprised and compelled by the author’s uplift, by the unexpected tonalities, humor. This is a poet to watch. – Ilya Kaminsky, Author of Deaf Republic

Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo forges a self-conscious sense of otherness, and then digs into it with a sincerity of language that draws the reader in.

Brass Neck traces the becoming of a woman – probing experiences with an earnest, uncompromising – almost defiant tongue. These poems make bare what it means to examine the self, to acknowledge the self’s own queerness, and to thread through its existence with deftness, precision and empathy all at once. – Ama Asantewa Diaka, Author of You Too Will Know Me

Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo bends language with elegance and a kind of passion that leaves the reader breathless. Brass Neck is a collection that traces a path across several realities especially about the traumas of existing as a woman. The language is soft and intense. Naa Takia in this collection, delves into experiences with luminous intensity. Her insights are perceptive and lyrical. The courage of this book is in how it asserts itself into everything without care. – Tolu Daniels, Writer & Editor

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The Dense Mistiness of the Ordinary

In his first collection of poetry, Mo Issa reflects on the pains and joys he experienced while on his own journey of self-discovery to find his authentic voice.

Throughout these thirty-three diverse poems, Mo delves into the emotions surrounding his sense of feeling confused and conflicted within the corporate world, his travels, his internal battle on choosing between materialism and fulfillment, his ideas and his philosophies about how to live more fully.

The Dense Mistiness of the Ordinary shares a varied collection of poetry that highlights one man’s journey through life as he listens to his heart and intuition to find himself and his purpose.

Mo Issa is an entrepreneur, certified business and life success coach, and born-again writer who recognizes that he is a spiritual being having an earthly human experience. He lives with his wife, son and daughter in Ghana. The Dense Mistiness of the Ordinary is his first book of poetry.

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