A POET’S PAST MUST ADRESS HIS PRESENT (an essay by Oludipe Oyin Samuel)

One finds a poet who sounds less like his environment or the rest of his remaining works. One finds a horde of clannish poets who have resumed trapping their styles in the net of the other. One finds a literary community that has forgotten to produce the spirit-immersed poetry, the kind that broadly establishes the contaminant emotive will; not the kind that breeds a hive of self-importance—tributes and odes to self—that which undermines the vicarious role of pathos.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST 2018 [APRIL] ‘MY AFRICAN HERO-INE’

Entries are now being received for the April 2018 edition of the BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST (BPPC)  themed: MY AFRICAN HERO-INE. Words Rhymes & Rhythm Publishers therefore invites poets from Nigeria, Africa and all over the world to submit their poems for the contest. This month’s edition is dedicated to celebrating Africans we consider international, national… Continue reading CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST 2018 [APRIL] ‘MY AFRICAN HERO-INE’

THE GREAT FALL

Iroko has fallen in the forest The forest becomes silent Mongudu is dead. Who shall pay the debt? The king of the jungle died In the quest of freedom Who shall then roar like the king? The sun has faded to bring us night Who shall light our path? To claim our freedom right

RUSTED ARROW (a tribute to Sir Nelson Mandela by Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau)

This war was swifter than time. the war claimed the souls of clustered fighters fighting for greed. With an arrow sharper than the piercing sun, many fell. At a time, this great arrow was captured but can the truth be jailed forever? This arrow fought still and our village was never defeated in the war… Continue reading RUSTED ARROW (a tribute to Sir Nelson Mandela by Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau)

NELSON MANDELA: I AM PREPARED TO DIE (by Lee Bob Black)

I am the First Accused the question of violence I planned sabotage I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence a calm and sober assessment of the political situation years of tyranny, exploitation, and oppression of my people violence by the African people had become… Continue reading NELSON MANDELA: I AM PREPARED TO DIE (by Lee Bob Black)