This is awesome news for Niyi Osundare’s fans: he has a new book out in January 2022. Yaaaaay! Titled Green: Sighs of our Ailing Planet, the collection is an urgent collection of necessity born out of the poet’s need to speak to issues that plague the world. The overview of the book on Barnes and Noble notes that it “is a critical pastoral of poems concerning the environment aroudn the world, from place to place…a book relevant and hopeful for people to stop and reflect on the endangered beauty of all of nature.”
I found this poem somewhere on my system from many years ago. I think it was a test from one of our English lessons, maybe Introduction to Creative Writing II or Poetry or something. I do remember the course lecturer though, (now Professor) Moses Tsenongu, himself a poet that we looked up to, a past Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors (Benue State Chapter), a position I would eventually come to occupy years later.
It was one of my first less playful poems. The assignment was to write a Valentine poem. Some of my friends asked me how I would conjure one up, since I was not in any relationship. They had healthy laughs at me. Well, I smiled and put on my imaginative hat.
SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR SEVHAGE LITERARY PRIZES 2019
SEVHAGE Publishers and SEVHAGE Literary and Development Initiative present the SEVHAGE Literary Prizes 2019 in the categories of short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction.
Submission Dates: 11th May 2019 to 26th May 2019 [23:58 GMT] LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED.
Shortlist Announced: 11th June, 2019
Winners Announced: 22nd June, 2019 at the Benue Book and Arts Festival (Presented by SEVHAGE)
ENTRY F(R)EE FOR ALL CATEGORIES: Free!
The York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition 2019 is open and for the first time since the competition started seven years ago, international entries will be accepted! The deadline is February 24th 2019.
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