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Feed Me the Sun

‘In this eclectic and imaginative poetry book Chris Abani takes us on a time-travelling journey around the world. He explores history, war, myth, religion, relationships and a poet’s personal and philosophical musings. His versatile voice is, variously, audacious, energetic, visual, oblique and always, always, thought-provoking. ’ Bernardine Evaristo


Chris Abani
Pan African, United Kingdom, United States of America
Date published
1 Jun 2010

This collection of Chris Abani’s longer poems, some previously published, the majority new, displays his astonishing energy, beauty of expression and range of reference to contemporary life, history, art and literature. Having this work together in one volume enables us to see the dialogue between a sense of the personal and an engagement with the public and historical, from Daphne’s Lot which explores the life of an Englishwoman (his mother) caught up in the madness of the Biafran civil war, or Buffalo Women, an epistolary sequence of poems between lovers caught up in the American civil war. The focus of Abani’s poems is frequently on extreme situations where the unspeakable becomes too readily the doable, but where against the odds compassion and love remain and the individual determination to resist public madness. In Sanctificum there is a profound meditation on the sacred, whether reached through religious ritual or through art, and the narrow dividing line between the urge to reach for mastery and transcendence and the abuses of power whether personal, contemporary or historical.

Chris Abani is the author of 11 books, the recipient of numerous awards for his writing, and is currently holds the position of Professor at the University of California, Riverside.

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Chris Abani

Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. He was born in Nigeria, and currently resides in the United States.

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