The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems, 1964-2013 (African Poetry Book ) (Paperback)

The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems, 1964-2013 (African Poetry Book ) By Kofi Awoonor, Kofi Anyidoho (Introduction by), Kwame Dawes (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Kofi Awoonor, Kofi Anyidoho (Introduction by), Kwame Dawes (Foreword by)
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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.


Selected and edited by Awoonor’s friend and colleague Kofi Anyidoho, himself a prominent poet and academic in Ghana, The Promise of Hope contains much of Awoonor’s most recent unpublished poetry, along with many of his anthologized and classic poems. This engaging volume serves as a fitting contribution to the inaugural cohort of books in the African Poetry Book Series.


About the Author

Kofi Awoonor (1935–2013) was a diplomat and a professor of comparative literature at numerous universities, including the University of Ghana. He is the author of several volumes of poetry, including Night of My Blood; Ride Me, Memory; The House by the Sea; and The Latin American and Caribbean Notebook. His collected poems (through 1985) were published in Until the Morning After. Kofi Anyidoho, a poet and scholar, serves on editorial boards for several journals and has been a guest editor of Matatu, a journal of African culture and society that is published in Amsterdam.

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780803249899
ISBN-10: 0803249896
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2014
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: African Poetry Book