In the Kingdom of Songs: A Trilogy of Poems, 1995-2000

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In the Harvest of Songs, a harvest of many years (1995-2000), Tanure Ojaide brings together related, but different poetic expeditions: "In the Kingdom of Songs," "Home Truths," and "When It No Longer Matters Where You Live." In this trilogy, the poet presents art that defies frontiers. His poems engage as much of the Niger Delta world of Nigeria as of Spain's Andalucia and elsewhere. Here is the real and surreal foraging of the imagination as the poet brings it to play in the emotional and the artistic. With lavish skill and wealth of words, Tanure Ojaide paints the "kingdom of songs" where "agony lives by ecstasy, tears by laughter, hate by love, and death by life."

The "Kingdom of Songs," which increasingly becomes aesthetic, human, and personal, "cares for fauna and flora and the entire earth" as it rails against exploitation, oppression, and the lack of freedom. It is an experienced artist's canvas of the intricacies of life and the human condition. This collection is a matrix of images that flow inexorably in an exhilarating manner into a form of poetic exultation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865439405
  • Publisher: Africa World Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 165
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

When warrior currents assault the boat 3
After daylight 4
Last night 5
Oloya 6
I wait for night with thrilling trepidation 10
Ope 11
Kingdom of songs 12
More than chiefs 13
In the kingdom of songs 14
In the kingdom of songs 15
Who dares the wilds 17
Warri night 21
For these moments 22
One day in Warri 23
Essi Layout: Six sketches 25
By a communal pond 29
In the year 30
At funeral 31
In forays across the delta 32
Less than halfway to Erhuware 33
A woman wielding a stick 34
I sing 36
Slit eyes wet 37
Not yielding 38
In Andalucia 39
They put me in Cervantes' room 40
For Ita, on her birthday 43
Wailing sobs break out 44
The evidence 45
The angel of love 46
After visiting the Alhambra 47
Rain suite 49
The rains leave 52
I envied many 53
So much he cares for the song 54
Hills, Clouds, & Stars 61
Stepping Towards the Pagoda 62
Magic 63
Relief 64
The Walking Stick 65
Arhuaran's Well 66
Abracadabra at Abraka 67
At the Neighbourhood Lake 68
Authors 69
Ekanigbogbo 70
Omoyeye 71
Muddy Waters 75
Idjerhe 77
Mukoro Mowoe 79
Untitled 81
Curfew City 82
Member 83
Swathe of Virginity 84
Hands Over Head 85
In the Contest of Suitors 86
Come and See for Yourself 89
Home Truths 90
Ready Answers 91
Stools 92
Bouquet of Songs 93
In the Name of Privacy 95
The Boast 96
Sovereignty of Hope 97
Healers 98
Rains of the Dry Season 99
Why I Fear the Puff-adder But Still Live With It 100
Divine Duty 103
Heroes 104
Headaches 107
For Ita, At Full Moon 108
Letter to Ita 109
Daughter of Ogidigbo 110
Colony of Sand 110
Today's Task 112
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