Whose America?: New and Selected Poems
Paperback, 124 pages
Bearing a title poem written in defiance to those that would “Take Our Country Back,” Ewuare X. Osayande’s Whose America? is a fiery collection of poems that dares ask – and answer – the central question of our time. Throughout these pages, Osayande’s poetry transcends borders in solidarity with those that courageously resist this neoliberal and neocolonial world order.
In Whose America? Osayande takes us from the ghettoes of Paris to the marshes of Nigeria to the ruins of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to New Orleans’ 9th Ward. He remembers the lives of activists and cultural icons such as Octavia E. Butler, Gil Scott-Heron, Lucille Clifton and Ken Saro-Wiwa. Osayande’s poems cry forth a love for humanity that is affirming and restorative.
Praise for Whose America?: New & Selected Poems by Ewuare X. Osayande
“Ewuare Osayande is a big picture, deep questioning, culturally specific language dancing poet. The Afrocandity of his work is undeniable, yet distinctively remarkable, creative and refreshing. He is a storyteller not defined by zip code but claims the earth and its people as his subjects. His voice is singular, urgent and a drumbeat redefining a world of possibilities for all.”
~From the introduction by Haki R. Madhubuti, Founder of Third World Press
“Ewuare Osayande is one of the United States’ most important young poets! You should be able to tell just by the question his title raises that he is also one of the most perceptive and reality-driven writers to appear in a while.”
Amiri Baraka, Poet Icon
“Osayande’s poetry resonates with the love of a James Baldwin, a Richard Wright, a Franz Fanon, a Che Guevera! Osayande’s voice is a brilliant fire – quick like that found within an opal. He is our literary Denmark Vesey.”
Lamont Steptoe, 2005 American Book Award