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When Freedom Kissed Her

An African Treasure, In Search of Gladys Casely-Hayford

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When Freedom Kissed Her

“she broke through walls.”

when freedom kissed her book coverWhen freedom kissed her... she broke through walls. These are the first lines of a poem by P.D. Casely Hayford, and the title of the book of poems. This is a collection of previously published poems, as well as new works, and poems which "have been resting on the shelves for years".

This collection features poems exploring the edges of urban life, African dreaming, and the intensity of relationships. The poetry book is divided into four sections. The first section, "All is Quiet on the Urban Front", explores the underlying tension experienced by people living on the edge of society. The next section, "Homage to Dreaming Home", are poems about journeys "home" to Ghana, West Africa. These respond to the places of Ancestry.

"Love for Reel", is the the third section of the collection. These poems scratch light into darker side of loving. The final section of the book, "B-side Poetry", throws the judge out the room by including an eclectic collection of previously published and shelved works.

Permission to this reproduce image; Courtesy P.D. Casely-Hayford. Intellectual property rights of images remain with P.D. Casely-Hayford

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