Poetry Monday: “The New Religion” by Chris Abani
Chris Abani (born in 1966) is a Nigerian writer who writes mostly poetry and fiction. When Abani was 18, he published his first novel and was sent to prison by the Nigerian government, who believed his book was intended to be a blueprint for a coup. Over the next six years he was imprisoned twice more because of his writing as his participation in a guerilla theater group. He was sentenced to death, but released in 1991 and spent the rest of that decade living in London in exile. He is now a professor in the United States, and he continues to write and publish poetry.
Abani is someone who has sacrificed for truth and art and beauty. If you have some spare time, check out this amazing TED talk he gave a few years ago. And enjoy this, one of my favorite of his poems:
The New Religion