Though Daniela's poem wasn't selected as a winner, I'm still incredibly proud of her and OGOV. Daniela's poetry is excellent, so her inclusion isn't that surprising. OGOV's, however... well, whoda thunk a little website like ours, which only accepts writing by Africans and on Africa, would get a poem selected as a finalist among poems by Sherman Alexie, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio, etc.?
I'm continually impressed by the poets at OGOV. It was very difficult for me to pick only five poems to nominate for Best of the Net 2009. Though just Daniela's poem made it to the final round of consideration, I like to think of the submission as a team effort - Daniela's poem being picked to represent them all. The five nominated poems:
Dry Season in Eremon by Edith Faalong
Ananse’s Grave by Kae Sun
Savannah Rain, West Africa by Daniela Elza
The Train by Prince Mensah
Odomankoma’s Drummer by Kwadwo Kwarteng
Thank you to OGOV's writers and readers for your continued interest and support, and to the people at Best of the Net 2009 for taking a look at our little site!
p.s. Daniela has blogged about this here.