The Makings of You by Nii Ayikwei Parkes
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The Makings of You by Nii Ayikwei Parkes

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Candid and sensitive, this collection journeys between Africa, Europe, and the Americas as the poet explores his family history.

Told with wit and an engaging ambivalence, these narrative poems explore areas of imaginative fantasy, including a consideration of how the slave trade would have been different had its main mode of transportation been the hot-air balloon rather than the slave ship.

Touching on both pain and rich rewards from the perspective of a black British poet, this volume's goal is to entertain, instruct, and encourage contemplation.