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Two Poems from Where the Baedeker Leads
A poetic journey of departures and arrivals, James Yeku’s latest poetry collection Where the Baedeker Leads (Mawenzi House) travels through the spaces of personal transitions and experiences to the more physical journey of being pushed away from home—to new places that sometimes revive old and painful memories of all that has been left behind. Read on for two poems from the collection, below.
* * *James Yeku is a Nigerian-Canadian writer who lived in Saskatoon for six years before moving to Lawrence, Kansas, where he is an Assistant Professor of African Digital Humanities at the University of Kansas. He teaches introductory courses in African studies, Black masculinities, and digital literary studies. Yeku’s poetry and fiction have been recognized with awards and nominations, including the University of Ibadan Okigbo Poetry Prize in 2008 (first runner-up).