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Feed Me the Sun

Collected Long Poems

Chris Abani


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A collection of imaginative and witty poems, this work displays astonishing energy; beauty of expression; and a range of reference to contemporary life, history, art, and literature. Including both meditative and narrative poems, this volume frequently focuses on extreme situations where compassion, love, and individual determination triumph against all odds. “Daphne’s Lot” explores the life of an Englishwoman, the poet’s mother, as she is caught up in the madness of the Nigerian civil war, while “Buffalo Women”—an epistolary sequence of poems—follows two lovers mired by the American Civil War. Through irony and empathy, this collection presents characters who are at odds with their societies.

Peepal Tree Press Ltd., 9781845231569, 220pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2010

About the Author

Chris Abani is a poet, an editor, and a professor at the University of California–Riverside. He is the recipient of a California Book Award, a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, a PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, and a Prince Claus Award. He is the author of Graceland, Song for Night, and The Virgin of Flames. He lives in Riverside, California.