Ghost Letters: Poems

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Ghost Letters captured the multifarious aspects of life via its rawest manifestations—beauty, death, heartbreak, human survivorship, ghostly ancestorial presences, and poverty, are interwoven by a collection of letters and poems gathered from a time capsule, recently revealed to the world.

Author Badji breathed life into the letters that told the tragic tales of distance, death, and the African diaspora. The letters held space for the motherland left behind; each entry was penned with fortitudinous reverence for Mother Africa.

The topography of Senegal was represented by realism interwoven with earthy archetypes and several Arabic verses from the Koran. Islamic hallowed beliefs and traditions are an integral part of the ethereal tapestry of the letters’ poetic reflections.

Surrealism and metaphorical references are delicately woven through each poem, correlating the demonstrable effects of French Colonialism in Senegal. This eventuated with the tragic loss of culture, adaption of the French language, and the French influence that squelched the authentic spirit of the people of Senegal. Many of the poems are terribly alive with the traumatic pain of loss that the readers could feel the pain within their own souls.

Ghost Letters provided the readers with a glimpse into the African soul and the scarring effects of diaspora. Moreover, a newfound appreciation for African culture could be fostered from this poignant book—a literary experience for mind, heart, and soul.

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Author Baba Badji
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 116 pages
Publisher Parlor Press
Publish Date 05-Jan-2021
ISBN 9781643171968 Buy this Book
Issue May 2021
Category Poetry & Short Stories