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Collected Poems

(2004)
A collection of poems by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
One of the world's most admired novelists, Achebe (Things Fall Apart; Anthills of the Savannah) has maintained a separate (and much less prolific) career as a poet: this slender volume shows American readers that work. Achebe was forced out of his native Nigeria in 1966, just before the grisly and devastating Biafran War of 1967-1970. Some of his most authoritative poems respond to those, and to later, public events. "A Mother in a Refugee Camp" shows its title character combing "the rust-colored hair left" on her son's "skull," "Like putting flowers on a tiny grave." Achebe's other poems include lyrics of hope and resolve, "tearful songs/ Of joy," and responses to ceremonial occasions: "Beware, Soul Brother" advises its listener to "protect this patrimony to which/ you must return when the song/ is finished." "Dereliction" (a good candidate for anthologies) denounces those who abandon local traditions. Some of his language is now dated, or sounds awkward, at least to American ears ("evil forests of Soviet technology"), but other, stronger work shows Achebe's narrative gifts, retelling New Testament stories ("Lazarus") or animating Nigerian legends and myths ("Lament of the Sacred Python").

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August 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Collected Poems
Author(s): C Achebe
ISBN: 1-4176-7222-6 / 978-1-4176-7222-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush
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November 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Collected Poems
Author(s): Chinua Achebe
ISBN: 1-85754-843-4 / 978-1-85754-843-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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August 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Chinua Achebe: Collected Poems
Author(s): Chinua Achebe
ISBN: 1-4000-7658-7 / 978-1-4000-7658-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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January 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Collected Poems
Author(s): Chinua Achebe
Publisher: Penguin Books
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