Social Responsibility: Do We Need More Protest Poems?
In Nigeria, the agitation for social change reached a frightening crescendo last week. Peace was stretched to yield point and the streets were a melange of chaos and violence. Abdulbaseet Yusuf shares his thoughts about these happenings, emphasizing the need for protest poems and its…
Two Love Poems by Olabode Olanrewaju
When it comes to writing love poems, it takes a certain ingredient which when absent makes the poem a gathering of cliched lines. We found this ingredient in Olabode Olanrewaju’s “Lovers’ Web” and “Thunderbolt.” Each poem struck a chord and made a statement that is…
Three Poems by Nigerian Poet, Daniel Ezeokeke
How does one turn pain into lines that feel like balm? This question is one, most young Nigerian writers have been trying to answer in the past few days. The times are difficult and especially so for creatives who are unable to gather their thoughts….
A Review of Gospels of Depression Written by Pamilerin Jacob
Reading a great review of a book is like dipping one’s feet in a pool to test for the depth and coldness of the water before a refreshing afternoon swim. Victor Zechariah Achi’s Review of Gospels of Depression, a poetry chapbook written by Pamilerin Jacob…
Booty of War, A Poem By Winifred Kijie Odu
In “Booty of War”, Winifred Kijie Odu’s lines sit crisply in the verses of the poem with such precision that makes it admirable. Each line, carefully woven with the yarns of poetic devices, drips with nostalgia and a longing for the day when hope will…
The Moon That Never Beamed By Nigerian Poet Ókólí Stephen Nonso
We know that everyone processes grief in a different way, Ókólí Stephen Nonso is not an exception. In his poem, “The Moon That Never Beamed”, he writes about the death of a loved one, the vacuum which time does not effectively fill, and the residue…
Free to Enter Writing Contests in October
Every month, we take the time to comb the internet for free to enter writing contests, zero-reading fee submissions to which you can send your work. We made no exception in October. So, yay! Get ready to enter as many of these as possible. Those…
Red: A Poem By U A Edwardson
Those who dare to be different do not have it easy. In “Red”, U A Edwardson examines the ‘burden’ of being deviant in a world where everyone sways to the symphony of norms. He writes with such sharp lines that pierce the reader’s mind. If…
Two Poems By Nigerian Poet, Charles Nnanna
Not all poems are written to answer questions, some are written to ask the tough questions which we never ask. In these poems, “Truth Has No Epitaph” and “Who Smothers The Agony Accrued when the Feet Meets a Familiar Gravestone?”, Charles Nnanna asks questions which’d…
Sunflowers and Sunburns: A Poem by Joshua Effiong
In Sunflowers and Sunburns, Joshua Effiong shares what we would like to refer to as the recipe of hope. With his rich language and vivid imageries, he draws a map with which a person in a grim situation can navigate tempestuous waters to the shore…
"From hesitant lips/
Unaltered prayers fell
And drowned herself in our eyes’ salty lake
Still, we hung above our trust
As our eyes were watching God"
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