Thursday, May 31, 2018

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May 31, 2018


Chris Abani
Chris Abani reads "Incantation."

About This Poem


"For the Ehugbo, how we die is as important as how we live, and to be allowed to sit in the presence of a dying brother is a rare privilege. To be graced with the chance to sing family across, to ease the journey, to make a love of dying, a grace of loss, is an incomparable gift. This is all."
—Chris Abani


Chris Abani's most recent poetry collection is Sanctificum (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). Born in Nigeria, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Board of Trustees Professor of English and comparative literary studies at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago.

Poetry by Abani



(Copper Canyon Press, 2010)

"One Moment Touching All the Others" by Jeff Hardin


"Seeing the Body" by Rachel Eliza Griffiths


"Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak" by Elizabeth Knapp


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"Incantation" by Chris Abani