- Paperback: 100 pages
- Published: 8/1/09
- IBSN: 9781933354774
- Genre: Poetry
The latest installment in Chris Abani’s critically-acclaimed Black Goat poetry series.
Longlisted for the 2013 Nigerian Literature Prize (Poetry)!
“Amatoritsero Ede is a startling new voice in Canadian letters—sophisticated, original, and accomplished. A master of both words and worlds, in Globetrotter & Hitler’s Children he is footloose but totally in control of language as he wanders across geographical and literary boundaries, scalpel in one hand, paintbrush in the other. His work is a reflection of the poetics of our times: original and startling imagery from an incisive, analytical mind.”
—Olive Senior, author of Shell
“Ede has the warmth of William Carlos Williams and the analytical power of Malcolm X.”
—George Elliott Clarke, winner of the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry (Canada)
Black Goat is an independent poetry imprint of Akashic Books created and curated by award-winning Nigerian author Chris Abani (author of Becoming Abigail and Song for Night). Black Goat is committed to publishing well-crafted poetry with a focus on experimental or thematically challenging work. The series aims to create a proportional representation of female poets and non-American poets, particularly poets from Africa.
Globetrotter & Hitler’s Children is a book of two sequences, melded beautifully and seamlessly, both of which are the shape of the poet’s consciousness and body in relation to space and place. Globetrotter is an immigrant’s paean to the city of Toronto, while Hitler’s Children is a poet’s struggle with race, otherness, and Germany in the spirit of witness, passion, humor, melancholy, and understanding.
AMATORITSERO EDE, born in Nigeria, was a Hindu monk with the Hare Krishna movement; he has worked as a book editor with a major Nigerian publisher, Spectrum Books, and was the 2005–2006 Writer-in-Residence at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is the winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors’ (ANA) Poetry Competition’s 1993 runner-up prize, the 1998 ANA Christopher Okigbo Prize for Literature, and second place in the 2004 May Ayim Award: International Black German Literary Prize. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, including TOK 1: Writing the New Toronto, Camouflage: Best of Contemporary Nigerian Writing, The Fate of Vultures: BBC Prize-Winning Poetry, and Voices from the Fringe: An ANA Anthology of New Nigerian Poetry. Currently, he is editor of Gboungboun Magazine, managing editor of PONAL Quarterly Forum of the Carleton-affiliated Project on New African Literatures, and publisher and managing editor of the Maple Tree Literary Supplement. Globetrotter & Hitler’s Children is his most recent collection of poetry.