A self-described “zealot of optimism,” poet and best-selling novelist Chris Abani bravely travels the charged intersections of atrocity and love, politics and religion, loss and renewal. With language of devastating beauty and complexity, he investigates conflicted personal history and political tragedy, and how the human body fares against both.
A book-length sequence of linked poems, Sanctificum is Abani’s most intimate and ambitious book to date, a tour de force bringing together religious ritual, the Igbo language of his Nigerian homeland, and reggae rhythms in a complex, liturgical love song.
“Abani… explores place and humor, exile and freedom with poems of experience and imagination… [he] enters the wound with a boldness that avoids nothing. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
“Stunning poems.” —New Humanist
“… Profound and intimate power… As Abani walks the circuit of his stations of suffering, he affirms the sanctity of life and love, of language, remembrance, and truth.” —Booklist
“Abani sets a personal best with his latest collection… [he] beautifully amalgamates the intelligible, the ethical, and the aesthetic… His greatest success… lies in his ability to make the slightest moments enjoyable.” —Library Journal