WHERE THE BAEDEKER LEADS uncovers the many delicate layers that lie in the spaces between departures and arrivals, offering memories and stories. Whether it’s about journeys, personal transition, or changes in the seasons, the aim in these poems is to draw attention to the personal experiences and social conditions that push people away from home to the new landscapes, sights, and encounters that remind them of the times and place they have so painfully left behind.
“James Yeku writes with passionate observation of a world being made ever anew beneath his keen-eyed examination. Both beauties and sorrows, ugliness and attendant graces, are woven artfully into hymns of life writ large.”
“James Yeku is a delight to read, a joy to follow as he peregrinates. His powerful intellect and eye for detail does not burden his audience with pedantry, rather, his works lift the imagination as thermals lift the falcon.”
–Tade Ipadeola, author of The Sahara Testaments
James Yeku is a Nigerian-Canadian writer who lived in Saskatoon for six years before moving to Lawrence, Kansas, where he is an Assistant Professor of African Digital Humanities at the University of Kansas. He teaches introductory courses in African studies, Black masculinities, and digital literary studies. Yeku's poetry and fiction have been recognized with awards and nominations, including the University of Ibadan Okigbo Poetry Prize in 2008 (First runner-up).