Kourouma review, and new poems

In Word Carver 40, Cynthia Rosi and co-host Herbert Ndeki II explore poetry. Ndeki reviews Ahmadou Kourouma’s “Allah is not obliged to be fair about all the things he does here on Earth” (warning: strong language — Kourouma makes liberal use of the n-word in his soldier-boy character) while Rosi reads several original poems. Listen…

Translation, French to English, of Aimé Césaire

Herbert Ndeki II, a Cameroon native and American emigre, reads poems from Aimé Césaire’s work Cahier D’Un Retour and analyses the translation choices. Aimé Césaire was born in 1913 and pioneered the concept of “blackness.” He grew up in the French colony of Martinique and moved to Paris where he encountered the racism of the…