Poetry by Norman Cristofoli

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I Am Afrika


I am the deep abyss of the dark continent
     the loneliness of the shifting Saharan sands
     the birth of the Nile
     and the pounding rhythm of the jungle
I am the quiet heart of the elephant’s graveyard
     and the desperate thunder of vast grasslands
I am the golden sun dripping into Atlantis
     and the burning rain of ancient blood
I am the shores of oceans and seas
     and the migration of endless skies
I am the Uud, the Djembe and the Kora
     dancing in the Kalahari midnight
I am descendent of first woman
     and ancestor to the end of man
I am the precious diamond of a forgotten treasure
     the moonlight falling upon crumbling pyramids
     the sleepless dream of Marrakech
I am the last cheetah running until my life explodes
I am the gazelle and the lion
     stolen to a far horizon
I am sorrow sold into slavery

I am Afrika

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Norman Cristofoli has published several chapbooks of poetry/prose plus two audio compilations of spoken word performances. He published the “Labour of Love” literary magazine for 25 years and was the co-founder of the “Coffeehouse” artist networking site. His play “The Pub” was recently published with CanamBooks. A new poetry book will be available this fall.

Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie is now completing her first novel where, for a family with a Seventh-day Adventist father and a Mennonite mother, the End Times are just around the corner. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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