Monthly Archives : September 2016

Via Casa by Robert Gibbons


Think of the long trip home—Elizabeth Bishop I came a long way to get to Harlem, From grandma’s chuck of Indian corn, born Of the sugar ditch, the pitch at midnight Alligators and panthers with eyes of the soul. Was told of the many that died from arthritis and Diabetes, the dialysis of peonage, born of migrant Hands, aluminum pans…

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19 Ghazal Street by Laura Kaminski – D.M. Aderibigbe


TITLE: 19 GHAZAL STREET AUTHOR: LAURA KAMINSKI ( HALIMA AYUBA) PUBLISHER: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform PUBLICATION DATE: JUNE 30 2016 GENRE: POETRY FORMAT: PAPERBACK, CHAPBOOK NO OF PAGES: 34 In my formative years as a poet (I’m still in that stage though), I was resistant to lesser known forms such as Ghazal. As a matter of fact, I didn’t fancy…

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Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong – Okwudili Neobolisa


TITLE: NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUND AUTHOR: OCEAN VUONG PUBLISHER: COPPER CANYON PRESS PUBLICATION DATE:APRIL 5, 2016 GENRE: POETRY FORMAT: PAPERBACK NO OF PAGES: 70   Ocean Vuong gives, in this first collection of his, the immediate feeling of wanting to melt, with stark images and a rawness that possess a sort of particularity, something of a trademark that can…

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The Portrait of an Elegant Feminist By Noah Oladele


In Africa, there is a misconstruction of the word, ‘feminism’; an empirical misplacement of the meaning, probably because of the intricacies of our society, cultures and some aspects of our religions which are a complete antithesis of what the word means. It is widely acceptable and justifiable for a man to marry more than a wife, if he pleases; the…

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Giving Head by Kechi Nomu


Overnight this world becomes full of smiling people and I take you by hand to a room because it means nothing and because at some point you’ll hear me say this in a dream: I have been sore for days, years between trying to repeat a 90s love song for mood and conjuring a decade with its sea of hearts…

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Known And Strange Things by Teju Cole – Gbenga Adesina


TITLE: KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS AUTHOR:  TEJU COLE PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE PUBLICATION DATE: AUGUST 9, 2016 GENRE: ESSAYS NO OF PAGES: 393 FORMAT: PAPER BACK   If you are a “reader of every single word” (Petina Gappah has a great review here on that) then Teju Cole’s new book, Known and Strange Things, gives you a “sense of return rather…

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Just Another Moonless Night by Rachel Heimowitz


Chugging for home to the boat-engine’s dying cough and sputter, five of us alone together, in the deepest part of a moonless night, 18° North of the equator, under a Milky Way so thick you could pour it into a glass. My father, his loud, black shadow haloed against the night, ranting at the stars: his shitty boat, shitty life,…

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The Moveable Feast of Richard Rive by Abigail George


Teacher, artist. Profound healer Skin like ochre. I found his book amongst my father’s things and fell in love with it almost immediately. I only knew that kind of love with Hemingway and Rilke. You Rive, this part of the world’s son was amongst those days’ intelligentsia. I wondered what he was like as a youth. What America was like.…

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River by Adeeko Ibukun


Gowns of dews laced the dawn. An angel descends the hour stairs on the wind raising the skirting, new veils, floating, guttation beads on the spine indict and then adorn. Morning breathes and you think a woman is spreading her satin on her arm and offers a body. This is what I want to own and you love, pouring in…

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The New Testament by Jericho Brown – Tolase Ajibola


TITLE: The New Testament AUTHOR: Jericho Brown PUBLISHER: Copper Canyon Press YEAR OF PUBLICATION:SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 GENRE: Poetry FORMAT: PAPERBACK NO OF PAGES: 72   What Jericho Brown has done with the biblical imagery employed is profound, he relates with every black ‘brother.’ He is black, obviously, and relates with the vices that lurks in every corner waiting for a…

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Thirty-Nine Ways to Screw Up by Lois Roma-Deeley


Stick my finger in the coffee grinder while it’s still plugged in. Ask my self this question: What was I doing with this guy/that woman/those people? Hate myself for being stupid. Hate myself for ever being young. Believe someone else is living life better than I ever could. Leave my glasses at home. Go back for them. Drop them in…

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In the Distance by Glen Wilson


After GyulaSzabó …is a house, part of the horizon, but interloper, the planned display of tree corpses as sculpture, as shelter. The walls are stained to slow decay, the rings on wood split and widen unable to spawn offspring they need to tell how full they are of story, history. We have not made straight lines or brought order to…

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a river’s journey by amu nnadi – Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu


TITLE: a river’s journey AUTHOUR:amu nnadi PUBLISHER: PARRESIA YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2016 GENRE: POETRY FORMAT: PAPERBACK   amunnadi’s newest poetry offering, a river’s journey, spans 172 pages. The book is divided into four sections, each of which holds poems that are independent in their fullness and subject matters, but seem inter-connected, as though telling a story. The first section, which…

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Trick Question by Cindy Bosley


Liza’s room was a triangle of toys – no pieces belonged together, and much of it was broken.  Barbie’s legs and heads of dolls, old game pieces, cards and empty powder bottles, the neighbor lady’s Avon samples: lipstick and perfume.  Crayons lined the babies’ beds and drawers unloaded stained shirts and race track sections. Each odd thing was a treasure.…

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