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Launch of Akwe Amuso’s Not Goodbye at Kalk Bay Books

Not Goodbye: PoemsKalk Bay Books and Carapace Poets cordially invite you to the launch of Not Goodbye, a poetry collection by Akwe Amosu – a rich reflection on the poet’s personal landscapes, and her meditations on the African experience.

In this, her first collection, Amosu meditates on a rich range of experiences in Africa and elsewhere, and on the joys and sorrows of attachment. She reflects on the landscapes of chosen exile, on political commitment, on the burdens of loss and on the silences of her dead. Family and daily life and the rituals of friendship, love and grief are transfigured in language that alternates between sharp analysis, lyrical precision and lamentation. Her poetic forms are sinewy and mobile, and images can move with startling speed from delicate invocation to urgent assertion. ‘Come back. Or, I beg you, go on ahead’, she entreats in ‘Postcard to Wolvercote Cemetery’, which seeks to remind us, as her other poems also do, of the tasks of living – and dying – and the world of in-between.

We look forward to welcoming you in Kalk Bay:

Event Details

  • Date: Sunday, 07 November 2010
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Kalk Bay Books, Majestic Village
    124 Main Road
    (Opposite Cape to Cuba restaurant)
    Kalk Bay | Map
  • Refreshments: wine and snacks
  • RSVP: Mary-Anne, books@kalkbaybooks.co.za, 021 788 2266

About the Author

Akwe Amosu, half Nigerian and half British, was born at Hyde Park Corner in London but moved to Nigeria as a small child. She studied at Sussex University in the United Kingdom and then worked for news organizations including the BBC and allAfrica.com as a reporter, radio host and editor, covering African stories. She has lived and worked in South Africa and other African countries as well as in the UK. After a brief period with the UN in Ethiopia, she settled in Washington DC in 2006 where she works as a policy advocate for the Open Society Institute on issues such as human rights, governance and accountability in Africa.

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