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Mandela the Spear and Other Poems

by Atukwei Okai

The strength of Mandela the Spear and other Poems lies in Okaiís burning desire to celebrate the black experience and culture, through the iconic figures who symbolize those struggles and triumphs. Thus, not surprisingly, one encounters names like Mandela, Nadine Gordimer, Amilcar Cabral, Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, to name a few. Okai has long established himself as one of the towering figures in the field of modern African poetry in English. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of a vigorous reinvention of the poetic genre that revolutionized the poet/audience relationship, changed the mode of expression from scriptography to narratology, and the role of the audience from that of passive reception to active participation.

ISBN 9780992187514 | 150 pages | 203 x 127 mm | 2013 | African Perspectives, South Africa | Paperback


eBook ISBN: 9780992187538



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