Eliciting the eros of subtle presence, Melissa Fischer wrests poetry from the caustic cauldron of Obuasi, a mining boomtown in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. West Africa Gold dams the Gyimi River, stagnating the water source of Gyimiso Kakraba, a village of subsistence farmers who refuse to accept a modern world that has forsaken the art of human connection. Compelled by the devastation of water-borne diseases, Gyimiso Kakraba enlists Louisa Lehmann, a civil engineer and Peace Corps volunteer, to intercede on their behalf. Lehmann exudes pride in her profession, honors her fluid gender, and yields to the greatest lesson of all taught by the people of Gyimiso Kakraba deep in Ghana's equatorial forest.
Foreword Indies Finalist
—Allen Mendenhall, Southern Literary Review
“Body, mind and spirit comes screaming through the pages of every chapter.”
—From the Foreword by Professor Daniel B. Oerther
“Lehmann…[is] a delightful, complicated character…”
“Beautiful and disturbing...”
—Judy Reeves, author of Wild Women, Wild Voices
—W.E. Abraham, author of The Mind of Africa and What Did Jesus Do?