“The poems in Otherwise Everything Goes On convey a contemporary Africa that is surprising, wounded, and beautiful. The collection maps a long journey along the coasts of the continent, places of encounter and abandonment, and a return to them in dreams, in memories, in the things that cannot be left behind…. The true beauty of Otherwise Everything Goes On is this juxtaposition of the interior shifts of its speakers and the ‘bigger picture’ that contains and haunts them. Africa’s poets must be historians, too.”—Gabeba Baderoon, Professor of Women’s Studies and African-American Studies at Penn State University

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