The Best “New” African Poets 2015 Anthology, distributed in the USA by the African Books Collective (and in Cameroon by Langaa), is readable without being streamlined or cohesive. Editors Tendai R Mwanaka and Daniel da Purifacação explain in their introduction that the organization of the anthology was very much a grassroots project, organized by poets themselves rather than by the establishments that often neglect them. They put out a call for poems in an array of languages designed to ensure readers in the maximum number of African countries: submit, they said, in English, French, or Portuguese, for an anthology of this name. Beyond that, they didn’t specify a theme; their goal was to make poets heard, rather than to shape what they had to say.
- Best “New” African Poets 2015 Anthology edited by Tendai R Mwanaka, Daniel Da Purifacacao
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