at the forest of horror we found the dried bones of people's children a web of forgotten clothes; the rustiness of them, brown shorts & baby diapers beside a dying woman, school uniforms & bags & plastic bottles & sandals & a man whose wife does not recognize the frame of his body & a girl, 14, thin with guilt breastfeeding a child in another room, we found femurs the latitude of suffering tendons of dreams roasted in calabashes, blood in plastic containers echoes raging like voices pleading for salvation people whose gods did not forsake were hacked with cutlasses by men whose children were hungry at home
Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau is a human nutritionist, documentary photographer, and author of two chapbooks, For Boys Who Went & The Arrival of Rain. Adedayo was shortlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Prize in 2018, Runner up of the Sehvage Poetry Prize, 2019. Adedayo is an Assistant Editor at Animal Heart Press, a Contributing Editor for Poetry at Barren Magazine and a Poetry reader at Feral. His works have appeared or are forthcoming on Mineral Lit, Glass, Jalada Africa, Linden Avenue, and elsewhere. Adedayo was said to have curated and edited the biggest poetry anthology by Nigerian poets, Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian Poetry. His chapbook, Origin of Names, was selected by Chris Abani and Kwame Dawes for New Generation African Poet (African Poetry Book Fund), 2020.