Femi Morgan, a Nigerian writer, media consultant, and art curator has offered a new book to the national and international reading public. The Year of Fire is a collection of poems published by Baron’s Cafe, an imprint of Fairchild Media.
The Year of Fire explores rage and anxiety in national and cosmopolitan Nigerian spaces.
The book engages the current poetic mutations where oralist, modernist styles are molded into verses that reach the senses within and beyond the frame of Nigerian poetic tradition. The poems are bold, clear, thoughtful, visible, tangible, and relatable.
The poems on Oshodi assert a time frame for the collection. The collection was curated when he took his observer’s brush to listen to the colours of the language of the suburbs, Others are markers of this poetic engagement that resonate with the period of the COVID19 lockdown.
Femi Morgan has written six books of Poetry, Silent Drummings (2008), Poetry of People (eds 2015), Song of Travel (2016), Whispers (2019), Renegade (2019) The Year of Fire (2020). The Year of Fire was first published internationally within a collective of Black poets and writers.
All previous works have received critical reviews, have contributed to poetry subgenres, and have relatively become markers of time, landscape, and age.
Femi Morgan is a writer, media consultant, and art curator. He is the author of five books of poetry. He was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation Prize in 2015 and was selected for the Writivism Poetry Workshop in the same year. He is also the author of Renegade. Renegade has been shortlisted for the 2019 Pius Adesanmi Memorial Prize for Literature, selected amongst the 2019 Lagos Book and Arts Festival books, LABAF, and is currently being translated to Portuguese. Femi Morgan has also curated art and culture projects for more than ten years. He is married to a chef, they live on the edge of Lagos, Nigeria.