In Memoriam of a Modest Shame is a collection that will expectedly raise questions on the idea of poetry, what it should be, and how it should be done. These were the same questions that came to mind as I read through the collection, because the poems proceed in a direction that is radically different from what I have been used to as a poetry reader and writer myself.
Most of the poems are straightforward expressions, and even literal in many places, decrying what is perceivably the numerous troubles and dysfunctions which our immediate society has ever grappled with. In being able to express a clear disapproval of these shades of wrongness that shadow our society, Nnaemeka shows a keen observatory sense and an uninhibited honesty that may well be applauded.
This book is a collection of poems that talks about love, want, lust and lovemaking without grating at the edges. Its metaphors are double-edged, closer to the ground for readers, and subtlely elevated for poets. This is an eulogy for millennial life.
Jerry Chiemeke is an editor, culture critic and lawyer. His works have been published in The Inlandia Journal, Kissing Dynamite Poetry, Nightingale and Sparrow, Agbowo and The Question Marker, among others. A lover of finger foods and alternative music, Jerry lives a secluded life in Lagos, Nigeria, where he is currently working on a collection of short stories.
He is the winner of the 2017 Ken Saro Wiwa Prize for Reviews.
Femi ‘fairchild Morgan is a writer, entrepreneur and creative and public relations executive. He is the author of chapbook, Silent Drummings (2008), co-author of the Sankofa Chapbook, Phases: Poetry of People (eds 2015) and Songs of Travel, Artmosphere Nigeria Chapbook (2016). ‘Femi Morgan is the co-recipient of the 234Next Fashion Copy Prize. He was long-listed for the BN Poetry Prize in 2015 and was selected for the Writvism Writing Workshop in 2015.
This is the duet collection of the decade, a robust addition to the genre in African poetry. The poems here showcase two voices of lyric power working in tandem and rendering reality with harmonious virtuosity. Tokunbo Dada and ‘femi Morgan have raised the bar with their beautiful, polished poetic brilliance.