Friday, September 15, 2006

Wanted: Alive or Alive: A Unique Generation of Nigerian Poets

Sorry to bother you guys (how presumptious of me to assume that there any "you guys" out there reading this bleddy blog?) with all this email talk, but truth is, I saw another great-news email on Thursday:

"Dear ----

...Two of your poems, as below, have been selected to be featured in On Broken Wings ..."

NB. On Broken Wings is an Anthology of New Nigerian Poetry forthcoming from Ampress UK, Hayes, London, edited by Nigerian poet and novelist, Unoma Azuah. The Anthology's Editorial Objective(s) (as outlined in the submission guidelines) reads:

In an effort to present a fresh body of Nigerian poetry and inspire a new aesthetic approach, On Broken Wings is in search for pure and simple language in poems. Poems submitted are expected to step away from the over cluttering of symbols and imagistic concurrence that muddle meaning in poems. The anthology hopes to gather poets into hammering out a new inventive, stylistic expression that will truly define a unique generation of Nigerian poets.

My comments:
It's exciting to be a part of a potentially groundbreaking literary venture. How I'd love to be a part of that "unique generation of Nigerian poets", who will dare to plant - and WATER -their (mustard-seed) voices on the fields of poetic acclaim (where Christopher Okigbo, Niyi Osundare, Tanure Ojaide, Odia Ofeimun and many others dwell as Iroko trees) and patiently await the verdict of Time and History (which is the only verdict that seems to truly matter anyway.) PS. Let the great-news emails continue to roll in! Yo-ho-ho-and-a-keg-of-palm-wine!

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