This gathering of Ivorian poets has been organized around the theme of chemin. Most literally, chemin is the French word for “path.” Its sense changes across these poems.
The universe, which is … other people, has evolved no terms for your existence, has made no room for you. — James Baldwin, “The Fire Next Time”
Lament of a Soldier’s Wife
from The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn, from the first of two sections, titled “Land of Hope”
from I. Portrait of Wounded Centuries
A Time That Thinks
from The Song of Babo Naki
Wild Words Wildfire