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War and Peace in Contemporary Eritrean Poetry

Charles Cantalupo

Publication Year: 2009

War and Peace in Contemporary Eritrean Poetry focuses on Eritrean written poetry from roughly the last three decades of the twentieth century. The poems appear in the anthology Who Needs a Story? Contemporary Eritrean Poetry in Tigrinya, Tigre and Arabic from which a selection is offered here in their original scripts of Ge'ez or Arabic, and in English translation. Who Needs a Story? is the first anthology of contemporary poetry from Eritrea ever published, and War and Peace in Contemporary Eritrean Poetry is the first book on the subject. Therefore, the groundbreaking effort of the former warrants a discussion of its means of cultural production. All of the poets in Who Needs a Story? participated in the Eritrean struggle for independence (1961-91) as freedom fighters and/or as supporters in the Eritrean diaspora. Thus, contemporary Eritrean poetry divides itself between experiences of war and peace, although one can contain the other as well. War and Peace in Contemporary Eritrean Poetry also includes an extended analysis of one of Eritrea's most famous contemporary poets Reesom Haile, as an example of the kind of extended analysis that many of the poets of Who Needs a Story? should stimulate and, last but not least, a meditation on how the author, a non-native speaker, personally becomes involved in Eritrean poetry translation.

Published by: African Books Collective

Front Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Acknowledgements

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pp. vii-ix

In the reprise that concludes this book, I write that when I was translating the poems in the anthology, Who Needs a Story? Contemporary Eritrean Poetry in Tigrinya, Tigre and Arabic, upon which this book is based, I did not feel ‘like an author writing a book in Private’ but instead...

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xv

To discuss the entire contemporary poetry of most if not all countries requires more than a book, and Eritrea is no exception. This book covers selected poems by Eritrean poets of roughly the last three decades and who write in three of Eritrea’s nine languages....

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Chapter One. The Story on Who Needs a Story

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pp. 1-19

Eritrean poetry was with very few exceptions unheard of in the modern world of letters until poems by contemporary Eritrean poets began appearing in the first decade of the twenty-first century in distinguished literary journals like Exquisite Corpse; Left Curve; Drunken Boat; Words Without Borders; Two...

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Chapter Two. War

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pp. 21-33

The Tigrinya poems in Who Needs a Story that focus unrelentingly on war are Fessahazion’s Michael’s ‘Naqra’ and Solomon Drar’s ‘Who Said Merhawi Is Dead?’ In Tigre, Mussa Mohammed Adem, more than any Eritrean poet in any language in the anthology, focuses on war to the exclusion of all else. In...

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Chapter Three. War and Peace

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pp. 35-78

Most Eritrean poets, to recall Ghebremeskel’s ‘A Candle for the Darkness’, allow more light – be it a merely candle’ or even ‘[c]andles and more candles’ – and greater prospects for peace, albeit fleeting, into their poetry than Solomon Drar, Mussa Mohammed Adem, Mohammed Osman Kajerai and Fessahazion Michael. The war and its aftermath remain constant but, however...

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Chapter Four. Peace

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pp. 79-117

Saba Kidane, Beyene Hailemariam, Reesom Haile and Ghirmai Yohannes in Tigrinya, Mohammed Said Osman in Tigre, and Abdul Hakim Mahmoud El-Sheikh in Arabic write as if either Eritrea’s armed struggle for independence might never have happened, could be forgotten or, more plausibly, as if it need not affect everything in their lives and determine in large part how they react....

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Chapter Five. Reesom Haile, geTamay

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pp. 119-133

I first encountered Reesom Haile in Asmara in 1998, one evening during Eritrea’s annual, outdoor, 8-day cultural festival in Asmara: a highly popular event, thronged with people from Asmara and from throughout Eritrea, and featuring all of the arts – agricultural, domestic, industrial, language, performing, technological, and visual. Taking place in the extensive fairgrounds...

Reprise: Non-Native Speaker

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pp. 134-138

Appendix: A Selection of Poems from Who Needs a Story? Contemporary Eritrean Poetry in Tigrinya, Tigre and Arabic

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pp. 139-155

Bibliography

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pp. 156-159

About the Author

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pp. 160-

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789987081424
Print-ISBN-13: 9789987080533

Page Count: 178
Publication Year: 2009