This Week, I Read Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian Poetry

Image credit: Namnso Ukpanah via Unsplash “I grieved for my country. But/my country never grieves for anyone./She puts the tails of Panthers and Hyenas in my hands;// she runs away when they turn to bite./My country ran away from the beasts/ she built. She the Ostrich, the goddess of sprint,” Bola Opaleke says in his…

This Week, I Read Adedayo Agarau: The Arrival of Rain

Image Credit: Loren Gu via Unsplash This week, I read The Arrival of Rain, a collection of poems by Nigerian poet, Adedayo Agarau. The poems in the book concern love, loss, war, and family. Agarau writes heart wrenching, gorgeous free verse poems. It was difficult to choose just one to discuss. All of the pieces…