Chris Beckett

Ethiopia Boy

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Chris Beckett grew up in 1960s Ethiopia, a country he describes as a barefoot empire, home of black-maned lions… old priests decked out like butterflies and blazing young singers of Ethio-jazz'. Ethiopia Boy plunges the reader into praise poems that sing and boast and glory in the colours and textures of this extraordinary country. Here is a world of feasting on spicy kikwot and of famine sucking the water from rivers, of lion buses and a prayer child, where Earth sings greetings to the feet that walk on her. Haunted by the memory of his friend Abebe, the cook's son, Beckett celebrates and laments a lost boyhood in poems of vivid immediacy.
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38 printed pages
Original publication
2013

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