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.
Ghana-based poet Epifania Amoo—Adare (E.B. Godfreed) reads from the publication, On Loss: Two Poems from Ghana (Light Factory Publications, 2021), and related poems. This reading was presented at the launch of the set “Ghanaian Writing on Migration and Diaspora” at Richmond Public Library on November 27, 2021. The publication was produced in the Reading the Migration Library project and in partnership with Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD). This video was recorded at LOATAD in Accra, Ghana. The videographer (camera and post production) was Nipah Dennis.
Ghanaian-American scholar, activist, writer and filmmaker Sally Afia Antwi Nuamah reads from the publication, On Loss: Two Poems from Ghana (Light Factory Publications, 2021). This reading was presented at the launch of the set “Ghanaian Writing on Migration and Diaspora” at Richmond Public Library on November 27, 2021.
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.