The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn
Tanella Boni is an Ivorian poet, novelist, and professor of philosophy at the University Félix Houphouët-Boigny, formerly the University of Abidjan (Cocody). She has published numerous critical and literary works in French and won many literary awards, including the 2009 Antonio Viccaro International Poetry Prize from UNESCO for her body of work. Todd Fredson is the author of the poetry collections The Crucifix-Blocks and Century Worm and has translated two poetry collections by Josué Guébo, including Think of Lampedusa (Nebraska, 2017). Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and the author of The Gospel of Barbecue.
"'The dawn counted its nomadic steps / to the border.' Tanella Boni's translucent, extraordinary poems transform usually ineffable explorations of war, violence, and the ever-tangled exit out of these realities, into meticulous experiences that––while rendered elegantly––nevertheless leave the reader face to face with the horror of our own humanity. Boni not only expands poetry's possibilities ('ordinary life / between routine and rupture'), but in searing, unique, meticulous language, her work challenges the limit of writing itself."—Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, winner of the National Book Award