Books for November 2014. Sailing for Ithaca by Abayomi Animashaun.
Sailing for Ithaca is a travelogue of an inner country that’s full of ports and welcoming entry points. Passports mean nothing here. There are no border agents. There are no uniformed guards. “Enter where you can. / Leave in delight.”
In this book, back then, now, and tomorrow collapse into a vivid voice, song by song. Far geography becomes one deft swirl that gathers Odysseus, Achebe from Nigeria, Cavafy from Alexandria, a host of village kin, and this immigrant’s lyric wanderings in America into one resonant utterance. Reading, you see the fresh energy of a keen observer informing a new English with the authority of a wise African voice. Like the wild winds and currents of the sea, these forces gather to hasten Animashaun’s bold poems into your dreams. — Kim Stafford.
About the Author:
Abayomi Animashaun is a Nigerian émigré whose poems have appeared in such journals as 5A.M., African American Review, Southern Indiana Review, Diode, The Adirondack Review, The Drunken Boat, and The Cortland Review. He is the author of The Giving of Pears, winner of the 2008 Hudson Prize, and Sailing for Ithaca. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.