You who ate the light of the sun at dusk
the age of your fears is in my head
I have seen the consent in your eyes
ditch thoughts have formed,
water makes a skin on your malar. (READ MORE HERE ON THE WEBSITE)
I have one collection of poems: I am memory, and a lot of unpublished ones on my computer. The first book got me some awards, new friends, travel opportunities to some of the biggest poetry festivals in the world: Struga and The Norwegian Festival of Literature/Sigrid Undset. Then some good, good persons asked to translate some of poems into Italian, Norwegian, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Macedonian. I write short stories too when I can and I have attempted a novel. Some of my works have appeared in anthologies and journals like Daughters of Eve and Other New Short Stories From Nigeria, African Sexualities (A Reader) ed. Sylvia Tamale, Poetry from Five Continents (2010), Livre d’or de Struga (Poetes du monde, sous le patronage de l’UNESCO). 2011 (Paris), Migrations (Afro-Italian) Wole Soyinka (ed.) and many others. I lived in Lagos with my parents, now I live in Ibadan with my man and two stray cats.
“Jumoke Verissimo’s poetic voice is imbued with a consciousness of African history and an awareness of the socio-economic realities of modern Nigeria with its legacy of colonial plunder, its pathetic attempts at self-governance and the brutality of its military dictatorships. she balances the despair she sees all around her with a degree of stubborn hope and an enchanting lyricism which echoes the style of oral African poetry.” - Funso Aiyejina (Critic, Poet and Professor of Comparative Literature)