Reviews

January 13, 2023

There is a sharp memory laced with humor here, and an in-depth understanding of the issues at play.

September 12, 2022

“Without these men standing in for his father, he would have continued feeling ‘like I missed something only he could give me.’ This is a rich tapestry of the power of relationships in molding a precocious, restless kid who is black.”

June 14, 2022

“This book is lush with evocative passages. So real are the characters, you could almost reach out and touch them.”

January 28, 2022

In Cole’s second essay collection and eighth book, there is his trademark assortment of angles to complex views. His subjects are immersed autobiographically, and he bears witness.

January 18, 2022

The Nigerian poet shows perplexities with measured control and composure—a detached storyteller with the simple yet daring assignment of pointing “humanity to the loss of itself.”

January 4, 2022

July 28, 2021

Even with its serious subject, the novel finds balance through sustained humor and is enhanced by Mahjoub’s ear for dialogue.

July 12, 2021

The Cameroonian’s second novel incorporates storytelling elements from the Old Testament, where the destinies of marginalized peoples are entrenched in the communal and the spiritual.

May 13, 2021

In his debut collection, the well-read Zambian poet samples artists and fuses forms, resulting in a remarkable conversation of influences, a homage.

April 15, 2021

In his debut collection, the Nigerian poet exults in the beauty of queer bodies even in pain. His voice is prophetic and tourist, filled with experience and wonder.

March 25, 2021

In his third chapbook, the Nigerian poet returns to grief. And he’s telling stories.

January 9, 2021

These poems hold some of the most visceral and philosophical stanzas you’ll read in any anthology, in any country.

January 9, 2021

The Nigerian poet takes readers on a spiraling, sobering journey, full of humility and restrained passion.

December 26, 2020

BBC Radio 4 audio documentary explores the impact of place on writers out of Nsukka, from the Civil War generation to the present-day.

December 26, 2020

Inventing his own poetic device, the Gimbal, Parkes amplifies his strong imagery and perfect blend of humour and solemnity.

January 13, 2023

There is a sharp memory laced with humor here, and an in-depth understanding of the issues at play.

September 12, 2022

“Without these men standing in for his father, he would have continued feeling ‘like I missed something only he could give me.’ This is a rich tapestry of the power of relationships in molding a precocious, restless kid who is black.”

June 14, 2022

“This book is lush with evocative passages. So real are the characters, you could almost reach out and touch them.”

January 28, 2022

In Cole’s second essay collection and eighth book, there is his trademark assortment of angles to complex views. His subjects are immersed autobiographically, and he bears witness.

January 18, 2022

The Nigerian poet shows perplexities with measured control and composure—a detached storyteller with the simple yet daring assignment of pointing “humanity to the loss of itself.”

January 4, 2022

A mixed-race woman’s search for her father in a fictional country.

July 28, 2021

Even with its serious subject, the novel finds balance through sustained humor and is enhanced by Mahjoub’s ear for dialogue.

July 12, 2021

The Cameroonian’s second novel incorporates storytelling elements from the Old Testament, where the destinies of marginalized peoples are entrenched in the communal and the spiritual.

May 13, 2021

In his debut collection, the well-read Zambian poet samples artists and fuses forms, resulting in a remarkable conversation of influences, a homage.

April 15, 2021

In his debut collection, the Nigerian poet exults in the beauty of queer bodies even in pain. His voice is prophetic and tourist, filled with experience and wonder.

March 25, 2021

In his third chapbook, the Nigerian poet returns to grief. And he’s telling stories.

January 9, 2021

These poems hold some of the most visceral and philosophical stanzas you’ll read in any anthology, in any country.

January 9, 2021

The Nigerian poet takes readers on a spiraling, sobering journey, full of humility and restrained passion.

December 26, 2020

BBC Radio 4 audio documentary explores the impact of place on writers out of Nsukka, from the Civil War generation to the present-day.

December 26, 2020

Inventing his own poetic device, the Gimbal, Parkes amplifies his strong imagery and perfect blend of humour and solemnity.

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