Wandering Feet on Pebbled Shores

Wandering Feet on Pebbled Shores

by Godspower Oboido


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In this volume, Oboido sings of and powerfully negotiates the Africa that is alive and strong alongside the new world, where “the traveler washes his migrant feet / with the wetness of dawn” and where “the road has mouth like a boa.” This is a book filled with wisdom of a poet that fearlessly takes us by the hand into a world beyond the metaphor of home, opening us to new images that are African and yet not so African. Sometimes, in lyrical narrative, the poet juxtaposes western cities with African cities, challenging our image of Lagos, London, and New York, bringing us along his journey from the hills of Kisii into Nairobi, and then to the plains of Kitengela and back home to Nigeria, West Africa, because the poet is “bound by no birth cord.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942956419
Publisher: Lamar University Press
Publication date: 08/18/2017
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents


Where the Harmattan Blows

ix Preface

17 Migrant Feet

18 Osun goddess

19 Saratov Morning

20 Rain

21 Saratov Days

23 Cross-roads

24 The Cacophony of Silence

25 The Journey

26 Night at Dugbe

27 Three Cities

29 Babushka

30 Mami-wota Daughters

31 Looku-Looku

32 Conversations

34 Addis Ababa

36 The Sand and Sea

37 Transit

38 Finding Atlantis

40 Forest Call

41 To Christ the Redeemer

42 Sao Paulo

43 Hitting Kano by Road

44 Poem from the Diaspora—a Lament

46 New York

47 When I Meet You in Dallas


Canticles for the Adventurers

51 Abi

52 A Poem of Parting

53 I Will Write a Poem for You Someday

55 A Portrait of You

57 Becoming Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

59 Two Canzones for Christopher Okigbo (1932–1967)

61 Abstract Girl

62 An Abstract Dream

63 Passage

64 When I Think of You

65 Old Romance


The Road to Emmaus

71 Longing

72 Lost Moments

73 Waiting

75 A New Dawn

77 Yekaterina

78 The Preacher Man

79 The Cathedral

80 Peace

81 The Last Hide and Seek

82 No More Shakespeare


Various Songs

85 Bird Watching

86 Biafra Tales

87 Haunted

88 In the Line of Duty

89 Poem

90 The Axe

91 Becoming Memory

93 Adam and Eve

94 Dawn Breaks in Her Gaze

95 The Girl from University

96 Superstition

97 Secret

99 Author’s Notes

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