Other literary forms

(World Poets and Poetry)

Kofi Awoonor (AH-wew-nohr) is an accomplished writer in a range of genres. He has shown a lifelong interest in the oral poetry of his Ewe-speaking Anlo people and acted as translator of this culture’s oral history and literature. His best-known work in this vein is his translation of three modern Ewe poets in Guardians of the Sacred Word: Ewe Poetry (1974). He is well known as a political essayist, a role reflected in his larger nonfiction titles, which include The Breast of the Earth: A Survey of the History, Culture, and Literature of Africa South of the Sahara (1975), The Ghana Revolution: Background Account from a Personal Perspective (1984), and Africa, the Marginalized Continent (1994). He is also a capable fiction writer, with works that include This Earth, My Brother (1971) and Comes the Voyager at Last: A Tale of Return to Africa (1992).