The January Children

The January Children

Safia Elhillo Kwame Dawes / May 19, 2019

The January Children In her dedication Safia Elhillo writes The January Children are the generation born in Sudan under British occupation where children were assigned birth years by height all given the birth date Jan

  • Title: The January Children
  • Author: Safia Elhillo Kwame Dawes
  • ISBN: 9780803295988
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • In her dedication Safia Elhillo writes, The January Children are the generation born in Sudan under British occupation, where children were assigned birth years by height, all given the birth date January 1 What follows is a deeply personal collection of poems that describe the experience of navigating the postcolonial world as a stranger in one s own land.The January CIn her dedication Safia Elhillo writes, The January Children are the generation born in Sudan under British occupation, where children were assigned birth years by height, all given the birth date January 1 What follows is a deeply personal collection of poems that describe the experience of navigating the postcolonial world as a stranger in one s own land.The January Children depicts displacement and longing while also questioning accepted truths about geography, history, nationhood, and home The poems mythologize family histories until they break open, using them to explore aspects of Sudan s history of colonial occupation, dictatorship, and diaspora Several of the poems speak to the late Egyptian singer Abdelhalim Hafez, who addressed many of his songs to the asmarani an Arabic term of endearment for a brown skinned or dark skinned person Elhillo explores Arabness and Africanness and the tensions generated by a hyphenated identity in those two worlds.No longer content to accept manmade borders, Elhillo navigates a new and reimagined world Maintaining a sense of wonder in multiple landscapes and mindscapes of perpetually shifting values, she leads the reader through a postcolonial narrative that is equally terrifying and tender, melancholy and defiant.

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    1. “It is not presumptuous of me to declare that what we have here in The January Children is the first sound of what will be a remarkable noise in African poetry. Safia Elhillo has already laid out in this collection a complex foundation for a rich and ambitious body of work. What is unmistakable is her authority as a poet- she writes with great control and economy, but also with a vulnerability that is deeply engaging. Above all, her poems are filled with delight- a quality of humor that is nev [...]


    2. Not what I look for in a poetry collection in terms of form, but I love the themes of colonization, diaspora, and the issues of identity these states create in the author.


    3. "& what is a country but the drawing of a line"I first encountered the poet Safia Elhillo when I read New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set, where my favorite was What I Learned in the Fire, which must be listened to. So I jumped at this collection of her poetry, her first! Another reason is that Safia is Sudanese-American, so her background and themes fit nicely with my Africa 2016 reading project. She says herself that she is from nowhere, or at least that must be how it feels.H [...]


    4. !!! africanbookaddict/2017/02Reading the Forward by Kwame Dawes is imperative if you want to understand and appreciate this collection lol. Thank you to Netgalley via University of Nebraska Press for the e-ARC.


    5. I am neither a poet nor a particularly frequent reader of poetry, so I can't say that this review will be too incisive. What can I say about The January Children? First, it is beautiful, and it feels like home. Unlike Safia, I am neither black nor Sudanese, but I am Egyptian, the daughter of immigrants, and the themes of colonialism and diaspora resonated with me. Safia talks about the similarities that bind Egyptians and Sudanese and Nubians and the frequent racism and colorism that pulls us ap [...]


    6. Haunting and lyrical, Elhillo writes for Sudanese people of the diaspora. As such, not all of her words were easy to understand, but that's because these poems were not for me. I still enjoyed their beauty and the glimpse at lives unlike my own.


    7. " i get my languages mixed up i look for answers in what is only musici heard the lyric about a lost girl i thought you meant me"So many beautiful poems. You can't help but fall in love with the Sudan that Safia writes about.


    8. I really wanted to like this book more. It intrigued me by being a mix of cultures. However for me, it fell flat. It didn't speak to me like I hoped. Maybe my expectations were too high. I'll have to go back to this book later and reevaluate.



    9. absolutely enthralling & engaging, elhillo never fails to amaze me. this is a spectacular collection, & something i suggest to anyone whenever friends ask me for recommendations. i love elhillo's work primarily because i love the lyricism & whimsical nature of her wordsi don't know, something just stirs up inside me when i read her poetry! it's very poignant. i'd argue that - although definitely beneficial & important to know of - you don't necessarily have to know about or under [...]


    10. "ose swaying eighties nights in the garden/ before it turned to dust before the old country crumbled/ & mama came here to give me the blue passport/ & last time i was home a soldier stopped the car/ asked where i was from laughed when i said here" - Safia Elhillo's penetrating investigation of cultural and corporeal identity sheds light on the immigrant experience and exposes the reader to the particular injustices of Sudan, and the universal horrors and challenges of being an individual [...]


    11. By noted slam poet Safia Elhillo, The January Children is an exploration of home, of belonging, of the past you never lived save through others. The language is incantatory, full of the dolor of being between two worlds, or of the dolor of survivor's guilt. It's of a child of immigrants, who yearns to straddle two worlds, and belong to them both, but will ever only do so imperfectly. It is, finally, a collection of poems about that most imperfect thing: freedom.


    12. One of the best collections I’ve read in years. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love it when poetry collections have a real sense of internal cohesion and don’t merely feel as though they’re the best poems the author happened to have at the time. This is such a beautiful and well-constructed book. The poems are stunning, and they fit together into a wonderful and vivid landscape. One of my all-time favorite collections, incredibly well written and well crafted.


    13. I didn’t know what to expect from The January Children, but I kind of knew that I wouldn’t like it. Why? I can’t quite figure that out. Perhaps as a Sudanese girl of similar age, I feel like have a story or two to tell, but will never get the chance. Perhaps I absolutely hate the idea that someone who never lived in Sudan wants to tell me how to be Sudanese. Perhaps I’m just a hater, and haters gonna hate.


    14. ​Safia throws the lines and quietly leaves. Ends the line, ends the page, ends the poem. But the lines resonate; the meanings explode behind her as she walks calmly, steadily, away.The way Safia braids Arabic with English in her poems is absolutely breathtaking.She is, simply, stunning.


    15. This book of poetry is one I will keep in my kindle to reread on those rainy days and nights. This poetry is lyrical, beautifully pen and the kind that touches every corner of your heart. I received this book through NetGalley for an honest review.






    16. ate my review, apparently, so let me just say that this is a great collection that centers around Somali-American identity, with the music of one particular pop star as its fulcrum. Bilingual (English/Arabic). Deserves more praise than I can heap upon it at this time.


    17. Safia is one of my favorite poets and one of the poets that I remember reading and truly falling in love with poetry. <3


    18. Everything from the details "& in the months since my last visit _ i feel americansyrup settle back to coat my r's __ & in new york i am ambiguous browngirl _ [but your englishis so good you can barely hear the accent]" -from "republic of the sudan ministry of interior passport & immigration general directorate alien from sudanese origin passcard")to the emotional content "once in geneva i was one of three african girls at school two of which were said to stink i was never told which [...]


    19. Safia Elhillo did an amazing job here I already took the decision of rereading it next week And may be the week after till I can memorise it (I guess). It was a good read Something more than related to Sudan. A longing of the American born Sudanese girl to home Intimate and genuine.It even made me lookup Abelhalim Hafiz (the late Egyptian singer) for he is kind of the main character in 70 or you can say 80% of the poems. I just loved every single page of it. The January Children will always have [...]


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