Branches of the Tree of Life

The Collected Poems of Abiodun Oyewole, 1969-2013

Abiodun Oyewole

Branches of the Tree of Life

Abiodun Oyewole

Distributed for 2Leaf Press

Edited by Gabrielle David and with an Introduction by Betty J. Dopson
274 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $24.99 ISBN: 9781940939032 Published May 2014
E-book $9.99 ISBN: 9781940939049 Published May 2014
BRANCHES OF THE TREE OF LIFE is the first comprehensive volume of poems by Abiodun Oyewole, many of them never before published. Oyewole’s poems are powerful, often political, always lyrical and profoundly moving. Over the course of his forty-year career and his long affiliation with The Last Poets, Oyewole is one of several poets credited for liberating American poetry by creating open, vocal, spontaneous, energetic and uncensored vernacular verse that paved the way for spoken word and Hip Hop. Using the spiritual, the sacred and the mystical, Oyewole often turns to the tree as a symbol of change and growth. His poetry re-branches into different directions, becoming grandeur in its proportions, and more complexly diversified in its structure. BRANCHES OF THE TREE OF LIFE is a living testament to a stunning career that confirms Abiodun Oyewole’s place at the forefront of poetic achievement.
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