Title: Kwaku Anansi Walks the World’s Web
Author: Jane Yolen
In: The Coyote Road (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Poetry, Tricksters
Dates read: 17th October 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Firebird Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: Kwaku Anansi, and tell us a tale.
A poem that explores the intircacies and trickeries of Kwaku Anansi.
This is a quick, sharp pithy little poem. Each line had few words and made the poem flow with a quick beat. Which was perfect for a poem which featured the trickster Anansi. After all, tricksters are always portrayed as quick, nimble and intense characters. They don’t stay still for long, and they’re constantly on the move. Kind of like this poem.
I truly love Jane Yolen’s poetry – it is always so multilayered. I know that I could read this again and again, and find something new and exciting each and every time. Even though this is a simpler and quicker poem than I am used to, there are still layers of trickery that I really enjoyed. Especially when reading late at night with the lights down low… it just added an extra bit of atmosphere.
Anansi is a spider trickster god, and this poem certainly spun a web. It was intricate and beautiful. Yet, when you looked beneath the surface – uncomplicated. Definitely one that I will enjoy reading again in the future.
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