Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Poems for a Century: An Anthology on Nigeria

I have two poems in the anthology: Poems for a Century: An Anthology on Nigeria edited by Tope Omoniyi a Professor of Sociolinguistics at Roehampton University

Other poets in the book are: Sulaiman Adebowale, Kole Ade-Odutola, Toyin Adewale-Gabriel, Richard Ali, Ifi Amadiume, Afam Akeh, Tade Akin Aina, Peter Akinlabi, Funso Aiyejina, Ismail Bala, John Pepper Clark, Omohan Ebhodaghe, Amatoritsero Ede, Hope Eghagha, Ogaga Ifowodo, Zainabu Jallo, Adebayo Lamikanra, Akeem Lasisi, Okinba Launko, Chidi Anthony Opara, Uche Nduka, Obi Nwakanma, Cyril Obi, Olu Oguibe, Tolu Ogunlesi, Tanure Ojaide, Tope Omoniyi, Femi Oyebode, Jekwu Ozoemene, Remi Raji, E. E. Sule, Uzor Maxim Uzoatu, Sumaila Umaisha, Olajumoke Verissimo, Molara Wood, and Prince Abiathar Zadok.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Poem: Only the dead know by Tolu Ogunlesi

It is rather late for anyone to pretend that the internet is absolutely unnecessary.  It is a lifestyle now. And it has become the source for expanding the terms of literature into an instant response platform. 
I won't discuss if that is positive or negative at this time. Rather, I think it is a necessary course for the arts in general. 

Recently, Teju Cole, 'orchestrated' (that's the word used by The Verge) short stories through his followers in bits.  There are already plans for the Twitter FictionFestival 2014, with a line up of authors. 

Here and there on the internet are stories of how to enable possibilities of internet publishing and social media interactions.

Anyway, this post is more about a poem I’m showcasing for the month. The poem affords us to see the aesthetics of the interaction on social media. The poet interrogates the ‘physical’ discourse which the social media uproots on different levels.

I find the poem: “only the dead know” by Tolu Ogunlesi,  published in Poetry Review, particularly interesting. 


Monday, January 13, 2014

Poem: De-birth

I’m not part of those who will eat cakes
Baked for the memorials of children
Who died their mothers’ hands at birth
Their umbilical uncut hangs: idle noose
They rigid like a broken out stump
Find distrust in the eyes of those who stare
Wondering how this little being gave hope
Each second, each minute, each hour: 40 weeks
And in one second stole the moment away
Like they came to taunt the testaments of birth

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A year to break the silence

And if you do or do not make resolutions please be resolved to be happy.

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Happy New Year beautiful people!!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

a poem for madiba

Photo credit: Forbes magazine

You lived.

© jumoke verissimo.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Photo News

The last few months have seen me managing motherhood. Of course, there are too many things I would have loved to do, and places I would have loved to be at the time, I guess some of us learn the ropes of mothering rather steadily. 

Here are photographs, taken earlier today, after a rehearsals session of my forthcoming poetry album. .

And, as Nollywood films, end: TO GOD BE THE GLORY

Saturday, October 12, 2013

....And the winner is Tade Ipadeola

Tade Ipadeola is a poet I respect a great deal, and it is with great joy to announce that he is the winner of the 2013 NLNG Prize for Literature. He was featured on this blog in 2010. In fact, the poem that was blogged is an excerpt from the winning book: Sahara Testament.

I look forward to even greater honours...May your poems be read--far and wide. That I believe is what every poet desires.

You can read more of his poetry on this website: Maple Tree