"This fine collection of poetry on love, nature and Sufism bursts forth with pure humanity and elegance of language. Dominated by the presence of beautiful, dignified womanhood that is tough but loving, giving and grateful, the poems peel off layers of time to reveal memories that refuse to dissipate. A celebratory voice singing the beauty of fall colors and the magic of Africa's star-studded sky and enchanted moonlit night is interlaced with a strong, unyielding moral voice that speaks against the injustice and bullying of the powerful, and the pillage and greed of empire. Amadiume's beautiful, moving, and well-crafted collection returns to nature what belongs to it--simplicity; and reminds humanity of what it has lost--the love that is divine. Love is Great!
-Obioma Nnaemeka, Indiana University
Ifi Amadiumes Circles of Love speaks with passion of love gained, love lost, love desired. These are poems which embrace the pains and joys of exile--memory, sweetness, history and a sense of peace with the landscapes of home wherever these may be.
-Carole Boyce Davis, Florida International University
"Love is a many splendored thing and Ifi Amadiume spins the wonder of love in circles of memory, humor, joy and even political satire with a lyrical and often intimate voice that describes family, friends and special places. Here are poems you will want to read and remember."
-Nagueyalti Warren, Emory University
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
IFI AMADIUME'S poetry deals with womens experiences and concerns as mediated through her complex geographies and locations. She has published two poetry award-winning books: Passion Waves (London: Karnak House, 1985) and Ecstasy (Longman Nigeria, 1995). Her latest books of poetry, Voice Draped in Black and Circles of Love, deal with her multi-dimensional and diasporic experiences, celebrating activism and activists; love, nature and sufism. She is currently Professor of Religion and African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College.