To honour the spirit of the Olympics 204 poems from aroundAfrica poems
the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, have been collected from each of the 204 participating countries by the Scottish Poetry Library.

Here are the first ten from Africa. Enjoy!

  1. AlgeriaAt the water’s edge
  2. AngolaBuild my house…
  3. Burkina FasoCattle Count
  4. BurundiCome and live with me
  5. Cape VerdePrelude
  6. Chadfrom Yet the Infanta of Salamanca
  7. ComorosMy high powered sailing boat
  8. CongoThe Village
  9. Democratic Republic of CongoA year of Grace
  10. DjiboutiDesire

The poems selected are often not by the most notable poet a country has produced. Some of them are funny or light-hearted. Often they are snapshots of lives rather than grand narratives. And some of the choices may be controversial. However, they all give a glimpse of lives in countries spanning the globe. Together these poems depict a world united not only by sport, but by emotions that are universal and need no translator other than the heart. Enjoy!