Title: WHAT CAN WORDS DO
Author: KUKOGHO IRUESIRI SAMSON
Publishers: Origami (Parresia), 2013
Awards: Orange Crush Poetry Prize 2012 (for Where Is The Breath Of Fresh Air)2013
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With the earth of structure and the air of rhyme, the water of rhythm and the fire of passion, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson weaves his own brand of poetry, keeping faith with the old traditions, yet inventing new ones. This collection of poems addresses much, from the struggle to bury memories of bitter childhood to the agitated demand for a better world; if Poetry is, sometimes, difficult to fathom, you will find the effort, in this case, vastly rewarding. Like the author himself asks, “What can words do?” In this collection he shows that they can do anything; that they can do everything.
~ Dike-Ogu Chukwumerije Poet, Author of ‘The Revolution Has No Tribe’ and other books
What Can Words Do? Everything that a compelling compilation of poems can do.With his generous and emotional words, K. I. Samson opens the reader’s mind to the challenges he will not evade: his rage when facing oppression, family and environmental concerns, social injustice, violence and war, the torments of love…His collection of poems rings like a poet’s progress through life, until he reaches the ultimate climax of his spiritual quest. It is sharp, forceful and literate. Simply riveting.
~ Brigitte Poirson Poet, teacher and promoter of African Poetry
Kukogho Samsom’s poetry resonates with a soul that is as trenchant as it is alluring. And it is delivered with aplomb and a finesse that is typical of accomplished poets.
~ Abubakar Adam IbrahimAuthor of The Whispering Trees
There is no doubt that Samson is one of the emerging voices in poetry. His poems treat contemporary issues in a meaningful, interesting and incisive manner. He is one poet to watch in the years to come.
~ Chinyere Obi-Obasi Finalist NLNG prize for literature
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