Monday, October 09, 2006

It's my work, but I won't be able to read it

An "exciting" email in my hotmail account this morning:

Hi ----

Please send me your surface mailing address so I can mail your copy of the Karogs journal. ASAP,

I hope all goes well with you and family,

Best , Remi


What the above means is that my work (poetry) appears in "Karogs", Latvia's (Latvia is a country in Northern Europe, btw, not a pop diva!) major literary review (print) of the arts which is dedicated to the translation of contemporary and continental literatures in the country. There is an online version of the journal here.

The issue in which my poetry appears is a special issue focused on "Nigerian Literature in the Last Decade", and is edited by Nigerian poet and university teacher Remi Raji . Remi's collection Lovesong for my Wasteland (Bookcraft, 2005) was shortlisted earlier in the year for the inaugural $20,000 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature.

So I may now proudly add to my BIO : His work has been translated into Latvian! :)))

It's my work, but I won't be able to read it. That might mean a few lessons in Latvian in the months ahead. See ya la'er! I'm off to the Latvian Embassy!

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