Well, poetry speaks to us in many ways and comes to us in different ways. It is that place where there are many of us rushing in, especially with this whole advent of the social media. Now, while a lot of people have argued and bashed people who write so-called bad poetry on their blogs and spaces like Facebook, I’ve told these ‘critics’ to cool down. We are simply moving with the times. No writer should be judged for such posts. The only time when such a person should be judged is when the poem has been put into a book. So to say, when the poet has declared it final.
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i build memory and years wither away… I am left to start building afresh lost in sands that have become my now Su’eddie Vershima Agema (First impression of this was published in Ake Review 2016) Continue reading building to wither by su’eddie vershima agema
Life is one big contradiction in every field but it is more so when you are a writer—or so I think. You think you are there, you think you have the right words. You are in the moment and you bask as Mother Muse slowly pours herself unto your pages through the medium of creativity. … Continue reading RISE, LIVE TO YOUR WRITE!
Speaking has never been able to carry the weight of my emotions or thoughts or feelings or desires or dreams… Somehow, I have been able to convince myself that ink on paper is an effective outlet; so I write But when I read what I write, it just stares back at me, an incriminating evidence … Continue reading THE WEIGHT OF MY HOPE (A Prosaic Poem on Writing) by Victor Olugbemiro
You raise your thoughts to the highest heavens, even though you are at your lowest. You drink of the wonders of so much written, yet find no merit to quench the thirst that is drinking you up. You hear more words, and see much more evils … What should be, what should be? The puzzles … Continue reading THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD (Flash Fiction) by Su’eddie Vershima Agema
In the beginning was the word… Words. Words. Words. In the continuation was the word… Words. Words. Words. In the silence was the word… Words. Words. Words. At the end was the word… Words. Words. Words. Continue reading THE POWER OF WORDS by Su’eddie Vershima Agema
Art is life. Life’s art. Writing is an art, it could also be a life. What else captures the details of the past, intertwining it with the occurrence of the present, yet plodding the way for the future but writing. With just a few words, your imagination travels between time and space, thus making geographic … Continue reading Wordsmiths in Nigeria: Relics of a lost age? by Chika Nwakama
Straining at the Seams: Poems for Nigeria at 100 Edited by Kabura Zakama Kairos Productions is pleased to invite submissions from poets for publication in an anthology titled Straining at the Seams: Poems for Nigeria at 100. The anthology, intended to discuss the life and times of Nigeria since the merger of the Northern and … Continue reading CALL FOR (SUBMISSIONS) POEMS CELEBRATING NIGERIA AT 100
January’s Theme>>> “Africa: The Art of Building It” Highlighting the fact that The African Street Writer (TASW) is an African Ideology for Africans, our choice of first theme is amassed around building Africa with the most overlooked means; the art. As Africa is becoming a great force to contend with, one might ask, ‘what has … Continue reading CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS: THE AFRICAN STREET WRITER
Conversants: Ada Agada and Su’eddie Vershima Agema Ada AGADA: I promised this piece on Su’eddie’s prodding. Let me start by saying I believe in the universality of art, in the structured unity of the human mind regardless of race and cultural plurality. I will define universality simply as the transformation of the particular by … Continue reading ARTS AND ITS UNIVERSALITY: A CONVERSATION