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Book Review: In Garko’s When Day Breaks, the elegant poems leave the reader begging for more.

Review by Eugene Yakubu
Behind this unpromising title are promising verses that will hold a reader spellbound with the wittiness, precision of imagination and prominent conceits. Garko’s poetry invites the reader to go beyond his imagination and expand his worldview with carefully molded verses and turgid images.
What makes his poetry amusing is that it possesses a fair amount of literary and linguistic acuity that exudes enormous meaning in little lines— a feature of some of the most sophisticated poets only.
It leaves the reader begging for more, cut too quick from this imaginative ecstasy that delivers in its first and short verses then allows the deafening sound of the mental images created to echo in the reader’s head.
This is a collection to be read even though the themes end at surreal surfaces, only striking at the emotions, it offers a lot about love and nature, nostalgia and identity, virtues and vices and the illusory feeling of connection with the world and the floating time.

Poet-Today ~ Hussaini Abdulrahim

Questions for the Man on the bridge
and the heart is a whore
the body, her palace of exploits
where men dig into women's skins
while shadows wander through the bush paths of their hearts
like politicians keeping emergency aces
ask the child who died faceless
standing on the threshold where death was the best encounter
whose mother only dwelled in the cozy shelter of denial
that poverty could only kill
but not open a grave of sores and frustration
that a husband who constantly chooses to return home
with sweat and grime and grease
of a sun's leftovers smeared all over his ambitions
does so with the legions in his body in full jolt
without hesitation
without any longing for that fresh scent of another locked in his chest
is man not the demon
or is it the world who navigates his pliant feet
One man who belched truth
said home is like bowing to God
the world hands you no choice
nature reeks of repetitions and conformity
said the bridge is a palace of indecision
where every pondere…

Review ~ Aesthetics and the Contextualization of Meaning in Ahmed Maiwada’s We’re Fish ~ Paul Liam

Nigerian poetry has witnessed significant growth and metamorphosis over the years. Poetry without doubt has gained prominence as the preferred genre of literature especially among the younger generation. It is arguably also the most abused genre today. The advent of the new media and the subgenre of spoken word or performance poetry, have further revolutionarized the genre. Poetry has become more flexible and relatable, having lost its hitherto iconoclastic gaity; a consequence of the newer generation’s obsession with pop culture and entertainment. Poetry is gradually losing its traditional essence as a sagely enterprise and rapidly degenerating into a merchandise. There is however the existence of a group of experimentalists or poetry fundamentalists who, working separately, are making sure that the value of poetry as we have known it to be is sustained. These are neoclassical poets bounded together by their genuine aspirations to keep the honour of poetry intact. Their works are cha…