Sanctificum by Chris Abani – Chekwube O. Danladi

TITLE: SANCTIFICUM
AUTHOUR: CHRIS ABANI
PUBLISHER: COPPER CANYON PRESS
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
GENRE: POETRY
NO OF PAGES: 356
FORMAT: PAPERBACK

 

Committed to ritual, to invocation, Chris Abani’s Sanctificum calls for a transcendence of emotional potential, encourages its reader to become unhinged in its exploration of loss and remembering, of movement and stasis. This is a text that teaches, that has informed my work as deeply as any other emotive source that a writer may dwell from. Each piece is a sublime dedication to the tactile, to the wonderful, if not messy, encounter of the natural and supranatural worlds we place ourselves in.

Sanctificum recognizes the nuance of displacement, of torment inflicted upon the physical body as well as the physic, oft intrinsic to what it means to inhabit a Nigerian body, and is as much concerned with pain as it is with healing. It is a text that contends with an African voice supplicating to be cleansed, to be seen as whole.

 

 

By Chekwube O. Danladi

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