African poetry is the heart and encompassing soul of the traditions of the African people. From The Nile basin and the majestic pyramids of ancient Egypt to the mines and shacks of South Africa, the plains of Kenya, the drum beats of Mali, the melting pot of Nigeria, the black star of Ghana and other fascinating treasures of this mighty continent come the ryhthms and sounds that will be explored in this blog.

The African poetry world is the most ethnically diverse and most intriguing of all brands. That is because the African sees himself as part of a country called Africa and bonds with the soul of his common destiny shared with all his brothers spread across the country. A destiny that he shares with all other Africans.

Any review of African poetry is a ride with the heartbeat of Africa. A ride with a people who have a story to tell. This is it.

Delalorm Kpeli Semabia

Delalorm Sesi Semabia

I grew up with an affection for words that started with my love for the King James bible. I carried a copy everywhere and devoted time to reading and mulling over the complexities of it’s literary construction. At ten years, no one expected that from me. My family is a reading family and I was never out of mentors even in our small home. I wrote my first poem in the early months of 2003. Since then poetry has defined my life.

I am Delalorm Sesi Semabia, your linguist.

  1. akua says:

    and i thought i was the only one with a king james bible, i had mine in 1994, my first bible and it is still with me on my bed


  2. Yomiprof says:

    Writing is fun. It saves me from carrying a gun. It makes my intelligence 2 grow without the sun. It is indeed the cheapest form of education.
    Education is not only in going to school. If you are educated in school but illiterate at home, you become an educated robot.


  3. Dasty Asare Bismark Samanhyia says:

    Please, where can I meet you in person.


  4. Onyejekwe Ezioma says:

    Poetic expression is the most creative form of literary art. I find African poetry intriguing but what kills my spirit is that I still find in African poetry( mine inclusive); the never ending search for home. Sad enough when home comes, it doesnt meet our expectation!


  5. vitamin d says:

    Greeting from across the sea. Great post I will return for more.


  6. Rockstar says:

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  9. anna mosca says:

    Great blog! Thank you for the follow! Please be aware that my blog is a bilingual one.
    So you may get links to some poems in English as well as to some in Italian…
    I’m trying to keep the posting balanced between the two languages. Keep up the good work.


  10. abdullaharon says:

    I hope the ewe language and other traditional languages are still taught in schools on a primary level.


  11. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    Pleased to meet you Delalorm. You are most welcome to visit my poetry blog when you get the chance. :)


  12. Catherine Silale says:

    I must confess you really touch many hearts in your ability to script creatively and with passion all your poems….keep the lights shinning you are the source of inspiration to we young writers


  13. mweni says:

    oh!! i am loving this.. i got to the right place and the right people.. i love writing too..


  14. Delalorm, your work is so uplifting and enlightening. I came across your blog whilst looking around for African poetry to share on radio and have found all I need here and more! Plus, your reviews are educative informative and insightful. I’m more of a reader and talker than a writer but, invariably the spoken and written words are brethren of each other an can perhaps be called kindred spirits. Thanks and keep up the brilliant work you are doing here.

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  15. ellenjanet39 says:

    Dela, I really enjoyed reading different poems on your blog. I found your blog when I was looking for other blogs that publish poetry like I do on mine “journeywithellen”. Thank you for keeping poetry alive. Cheers!!!

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  16. Karen Chela says:

    Hmmm…its nice to be in here…..was hunting for this poem I remembered…twas in my high school text book…. Letter From A Contract Worker – Antonio Jacinto! Hope to be peeping in here more often


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