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.
A Tiny Place Called Happiness is a brilliant collection of short stories from a vibrant Nigerian voice. This collection of Short Stories explores characters and landscapes, social realities and conversations that are ways in which characters are searching for happiness.
It’s Christmas Eve, a day before Chinny turns twenty-five, and hopes Francis pops the question but he does the opposite that shatters her heart. Chinny curses the Christmas spirit recalling how her brother left home several years and never returned, a past that haunts her throughout the story.
She braces up to life, giving all her attention to her childhood dreams of helping a forgotten segment of her town. This means dining with the devil who used to be her friend. He is scheming and vicious, she is angry and determined, but soon, he’ll let all hell loose on her leaving her life in the balance. Will she survive the fire outbreak and who is the stranger she keeps running into?