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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Until the Morning After represents a large share of the poetry and the life of Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor. The poems are grouped by sections, titles of earlier volumes arranged sequentially. Much of Awoonor's rather stormy life, including his political protest, strategic self-exile, and incarceration is reflected in this collection. But there are central themes: a love of land, an ethnic pride, a desire to perpetuate local expressions and natural beauties. Despite his years abroad and extensive travels, Awoonor's poetry is very African. In fact, it is a celebration of Africanness. Characteristically, although he signed his earlier work as George Awoonor Williams, he now writes as Kofi Awoonor, like compatriots (John) Atkuwei [Atukwei] Okai and (Christina) Ama Ata Aidoo.
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