Monday, 10 December 2012

24 years in the making, poetry lovers, this is Afam Akeh’s ‘Letter Home & Biafran Nights’


Stolen Moments published in 1988 showcased the matured muscular yet subtle voice of a brilliant African poet, Afam Akeh.

He has published several award-winning, high-impact poems in magazines and journals since then, and has read or workshopped his poetry at literary festivals and other poetry events in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. But the question on the lips of every lover of African poetry has been, ‘when will Afam Akeh publish his next collection?’.

Ladies and gentlemen, poetry lovers, after 24 years, the wait is finally over! Afam Akeh’s AFAM-AKEHlong-awaited new book, the most-anticipated poetry book by an African poet, Letter Home & Biafran Nights is set to be released on the 17th of December, 2012 by SPM Publications, a Sentinel Poetry Movement imprint with an increasing number of exciting authors in its books including Uche Nduka, Roger Elkin, Mandy Pannett, Brindley Hallam Dennis, Obemata and Sentinel founder, Nnorom Azuonye.

Letter Home & Biafran Nights. There is the sense in this work of an involved and inclusive poetry, revelling in the humour, play and beauty of experience but also revealing moments of heart-rending loss and unfulfilment… a sense of poetry as story, constructing meaning and plot from the connected roles and all-significant affairs of its staged players. The poems go beyond their detailed representations of dislocation, personal and collective conflicts, to point a determined finger at the fragile moments and relationships which enact them. There is here not so much faith in the untainted breath as assurance in the possibility of recovery. In the cast of vulnerable human – and occasional animal – characters we soon recognise the dog across our street or someone we know. We catch glimpses of our own dramatic and unsettled lives.

“I have committed the last 10 years of my life to the promotion of African literature. My mindset has been to bring the very best African writing into a kind of mainstream mix, where African writers are published side by side writers from other cultures. It is a thing of great pride and extraordinary significance that in the 10th year of Sentinel Poetry Movement we publish a book by Afam Akeh, a man who believed in the Sentinel vision from the beginning and who, in continuing belief in what we do, has now entrusted us with the work he has done in nearly a quarter of a century. This in itself is a great responsibility and we cherish the privilege.” 
   - Nnorom Azuonye, Publishing Director, SPM Publications.

You are invited to the Letter Home & Biafran Nights pages. Explore. Share. Buy the book.


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