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Songs We Learn from Trees

An Anthology of Ethiopian Amharic Poetry

Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd, United Kingdom
Imprint: Carcanet Classics
Published: 28th May 2020
Dimensions: w 135mm h 216mm d 23mm
ISBN-10: 1784109479
ISBN-13: 9781784109479
Barcode No: 9781784109479
This is the very first anthology of Ethiopian poetry in English, packed with all the energy, wit and heartache of a beautiful country and language. From folk and religious poems, warrior boasts, praises of women and kings and modern plumbing; through a flowering of literary poets in the twentieth century; right up to thirty of the most exciting contemporary Amharic poets working both inside and outside the country. These poems ask what it means to be Ethiopian today, part of a young fast-growing economy, heirs to the one African state which was never colonised, but beset by deep political, ethnic and moral problems.

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'This wide-ranging anthology is a pleasure to read. It opens a long overdue window into the way Ethiopians approach the craft of poetry.' - Malika Booker