September 22, 2013
Teju Cole
Looking over the tabs I have open right now, what I’m reading is depressing, important and good links, but sad. And it’s early Sunday morning. So I was looking to post links not so depressing. 
Saturday in Nairobi dozens were killed in an attack. An unknown number of hostages are still being held. A Somalian militant group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility.
Among those killed was Kofi Awoonor a Ghanaian  writer, poet, scholar and statesman.
I was moved to see lines of Awoonor’s poetry in my Twitter stream. I don’t know how many Africans I follow on Twitter, but, hey, I’m some white guy in Pennsylvania, so I’m sure it’s not very many. So I was a bit surprised. Perhaps part of the reason for the number of Tweets was the Storymoja Festival  going on—indeed the reason for Kofi Awoonor being in Kenya.
 The news from Kenya is horrible. But I found the sharing of lines of poetry as an opening for conversations on Twitter about grief over the events the opposite of depressing.

Teju Cole

Looking over the tabs I have open right now, what I’m reading is depressing, important and good links, but sad. And it’s early Sunday morning. So I was looking to post links not so depressing. 

Saturday in Nairobi dozens were killed in an attack. An unknown number of hostages are still being held. A Somalian militant group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility.

Among those killed was Kofi Awoonor a Ghanaian  writer, poet, scholar and statesman.

I was moved to see lines of Awoonor’s poetry in my Twitter stream. I don’t know how many Africans I follow on Twitter, but, hey, I’m some white guy in Pennsylvania, so I’m sure it’s not very many. So I was a bit surprised. Perhaps part of the reason for the number of Tweets was the Storymoja Festival  going on—indeed the reason for Kofi Awoonor being in Kenya.

 The news from Kenya is horrible. But I found the sharing of lines of poetry as an opening for conversations on Twitter about grief over the events the opposite of depressing.

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    Every life gone here is tragic, but Awoonor is an especially tragic loss for the literary world. Re-reading “Song of...
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