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 engagements 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.