Title: On Loss: Two Poems from Ghana
Authors: A.B. Godfreed & Saan
Cover Artist: Tendai Mwanaka
Partner Organization: Library of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD)
Designer: Victoria Lum with Lois Klassen
Dimensions: 4.25″ (106 mm) x 5.5″ (141 mm) x .13″ (4 mm)
Printing: Digital (black and white pages; full colour cover)
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The poems included in On Loss describe the subjective impact on the writers of Ghanaian patterns of migration. In the first poem, A.B. Godfreed refuses to carry within herself “so many false divisions” of dual Asante and British identities. The second poem is a brave and loving tribute by SAAN to a family member who was lost, first to addiction, then to the church, and finally, like thousands of other international migrants, to the sea.
This book is available as part of the the set, Ghanaian Writing On Migration and Diaspora. This set was created in partnership with Library of Africa and the African Diaspora in Accra Ghana. The poets in this series were selected by a jury made up of Sylvia Arthur, Otoniya J. Okot Bitek, and Lois Klassen. Victoria Lum created the RML 2020/21 series design.