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In A Fire in the Hills, Afaa focuses on one of the central threads in his body of work. His ongoing project of an articulation of self in relation to the external landscape of the community and the world and the writing of spirit through those revelations of sublimation of self gives way here to a material focus. The racial references are explicit as are the complexities of life lived as a Black man born in America in the mid-twentieth century. These are poems emanating from an attempt to follow Daoist philosophy for most of his life. Knowledge of other is in relation to knowledge of self, and self is an illusory continuum, a perspective wherein the poet embodies the transcendent arc of Malcolm X's life as credo.


Afaa Weaver's many poetry collections include The Plum Flower Trilogy and Spirit Boxing, and he is the author of many plays, including Berea. Weaver currently resides in Pleasant Valley, New York.


  • Publisher: ‎Red Hen Press (April 11, 2023)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Hardcover: ‎96 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎163628082X
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781636280820
  • Item Weight: ‎10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎6.25 x 0.5 x 9.25 inches
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