Kola

Literary magazine covering black literature worldwide.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, Summer

A Commentary on the Poetry of Dionne Brand
"That man told me he liked my poetry but not my politics (As if they are different)" (1983, p.21) Dionne Brand may not have thus intended the above remark, but it inadvertently addresses many of the confused notions that critics and poets entertain...
Aesthetic Modes in Afro-American Fiction: Alice Walker and Ralph Ellison
Several Afro-American writers such as Phyllis Wheatley, Countee Cullen and W. E. B. Dubois depicted Africa in several of their works. Most of them were influenced by the religious and sociopolitical ideologies of their time in portraying Africa negatively...
An Adoration of the Black Goddesses of Music
If I were a woman, I would want George Elliott Clarke to sing my praises and Ricardo Scipio to capture my form with his camera. Alas, I am a man and have the same wish! Elliott's collection of poems was penned in the tropical paradise of Barbados....
A Portrait of the Artist as a Deviant: Turn the Switch off on "No Snitching"
Clarence Bayne A Portrait of the Artist as a Deviant: Turn the switch off on "no Snitching". Is it possible that the KKK is right? They claim that their job on Blacks are done, because a set of black hip hop artists from the "wormwood" of society...
Caribbean Impulse in Lillian Allen's "Psychic Unrest"
"de root of all language is impulse" --Lillian Allen (53) "the square root of impulse is language" --Lillian Allen (68) Cultural debates on Canadian multiculturalism have variously created a literary landscape that is ever changing. Particularly...
My Journey
We descended into Africa, Becki and I, like birds from the sky, guided by the moon, swooping, turning downwards. When the Air Afrique Boeing 707 landed on the asphalt runway at the airport in Dakar, Senegal, we were glad to be there. I had been to...
Protest in West Indian Folk Poetry
Folk poetry is simply poetry that takes for its theme, the aspirations, problems, plight and general concerns of the folk, and it is articulated in their own voice with the attendant speech rhythms. To protest against their plight in their own language...
Religion, Nationalism and Ideology in South African Literature
The truth is that our Christian civilization is riddled through and through with dilemma. We believe in the brotherhood of man, but we do not want it in South Africa. We believe that God endows men with diverse gifts, and that human life depends for...
Society Challenged: A Prostitute's Bravado in Okot p'Bitek's "Song of Malaya"
Okot p' Bitek, the East African poet before his death in 1982--was able to publish among other works, four long 'songs' and a collection of his native Acoli love poems which he translated into English under the title, The Horn of My Love. However,...
Sources, Influences and Originality: Issues in Critical Controversies
I wrote several parts of "Heavensgate" under the spell of Debussy, Caesar, Frank and Ravel... Christopher Okigbo. (1) INTRODUCTION Rene Wellek and Austin Warren in their Theory of Literature perceive sources and influences as the most obvious...
Testing Boundaries: Exploring New Frontiers in the Culture of Gospel Music
Over the last twenty years gospel music in the Caribbean has taken on a whole new outlook. Some might wonder if gospel artistes are applying simple marketing strategies to bring about this change. One of the key factors which influence the product...
The Crisis of Revolutionary Ideology in African Aesthetics
But while both humanization and dehumunization are real alternatives, only the first is man's vocation. This vocation is constantly negated. It is affirmed by that very negation. It is thwarted by injustice, exploitation, oppression, and the violence...
The Writer and His Critics: A Critical Review of Studies on Ayi Kwei Armah's Fiction
Introduction Many critics have described Ayi Kwei Armah as one of the greatest prose writers to come from Africa. In a screening of African writers as candidates for the Nobel Award, Idang Alibi, a newspasper columnist, says that 'Armah has shown...
Travel Discourse in Caryl Phillips' "The Final Passage" and "A State of Independence"
Travel discourse in Anglophone West Indian postcolonial writing has its origin in British imperial literary traditions. The displacement of Blacks from Africa and their implantation in the Caribbean and Americas have left them in an ontological state...
Twenty Years of Criticism
Kola 20.1 and 20.2 reprinted mainly fiction and prose that I felt merited fresh outings in recognition of the vital role that Canada's only Black literary magazine, in French or in English, has played in getting African-Canadian and African Diasporic...
Untangling the Thematic Threads: Derek Walcott's Poetry
Derek Walcott's poetry is marked by socio-literary configurations that set up a variety of personas in his corpus of works. One of the more predominant aspects of his writing is the treatment of contrarieties that emanate from countervailing images...