Favourite Poems of 2008

Readers' Picks:

Dry Season in Eremon by Edith Faalong (Issue 2.39, September 27th - October 3rd, 2008)
Comments on Dry Season in Eremon:

"First it makes me miss Ghana. It also brings to mind a poem by Kwesi Brew titled The Dry Season. Most important, it evokes the Harmattan, my favourite season. Despite the hardships, dry seasons evoke cycles and returns, and everyone is assured that something better is on the way." - L.S. Mensah

"It brings back fond memories of my visit to extended family members at James Town."
- Giles Kangberee

"Beautiful and touching." - Reggie Kyere

A Flake of Rain by L.S. Mensah (Issue 2.46, November 15th - 21st, 2008)
Comments on A Flake of Rain:

"I love the poem. The use of repetitive words is very effective. It has a sacred mood that immediately demands contemplation of who and where we are as Africans. I must add, however, that it contains a universality that is emphereal. Congrats, L.S Mensah." - Prince Mensah

"The use of metaphor and imagery is well done. It produces a direct and intended affect. It is as crafted as the wooden masks the poet speaks of." - Benjamin Nardolilli

Anansesem by Emma Akuffo (Issue 2.42, October 18th - 24th, 2008)
Comment on Anansesem:

"There are so many wonderful poems that have been published this year on One Ghana, One Voice. But since I have to choose one, it has to be Emma Akuffo's "Anansesem." Her first two lines are some of the best I've ever read. I so want to have lived in this time when a spider ruled the world."
- Laban Hill

Staff Picks:

Without Roots by Edith Faalong
(Issue 2.1, January 5th - 11th, 2008)
Comment on Without Roots:

"My favourite poem for 2008 is Without Roots by Edith Faalong. My goodness, what a splendid way to have begun the year. Edith is so original that I can only ask why she is waiting on her writing career. The tone and themes of this poem captivated me from the first line: 'through the journey i rode behind the jolting bus and reminisced.' The nostalgic essence of Edith's poem is applicable to everyone who misses the land of their birth. I miss Ghana very much and Edith's poem is a time machine for my imagination. Her concluding line:'where does a girl without roots go?' summarizes the sense of loss when you try to reconnect to memories of people and places that no longer exist." - Prince Mensah

Ananse's Grave by Kae Sun (Issue 2.41, October 11th - 17th, 2008)
Comment on Ananse's Grave:

"Kae Sun is an incredibly talented writer and performer, and this is the finest of his poems that I have encountered to date. His efficiency with words and his effective use of rhyme, especially slant rhyme, are truly admirable. The poem rises off the page like a song, but a more adult and sophisticated song than the songs of youth. Add on top of that a powerful message, emphasised so strongly in the closing line, and you have one of the most compelling poems we've published to date." - Rob Taylor

Mother's Touch by Mariska Taylor-Darko (Issue 2.31, August 2nd - 8th, 2008)
Comment on Mother's Touch:

"Mother's Touch deals with a very "touchy" Ghanaian issue: witchcraft and women. It goes to the root cause of our society's readiness to blame whatever is wrong with us upon those who care the most about us. Our lack of commitment to our own goals, together with our willingness to give up, cannot be foisted on our mothers in the name of witchcraft. Mariska's ultimate challenge is for people to own up to their own mistakes. A splendid use of prose poetry!" - Prince Mensah

My Mother's Heart by Reggie Kyere (Issue 2.19, May 10th - 16th, 2008)
Comment on My Mother's Heart:

"A 21 year old writer with little training, Reggie's work shows a formidable amount of intelligence and skill. Reggie knows how to make a poem - how to build his readers up and then send them to the floor, astonished. "Some women love once," he says, then leaves us hanging at the enjambment before landing the closing line "they confess." Wow. Everyone at OGOV is excited to see what will come from him in the future." - Rob Taylor
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