Friday, 31 May 2013

SPM Publications “Nine East” Press Release


SPM Publications, London, proudly announces the publication of Nine East – a new book of poetry by award-winning poet Uche Nduka – author of such critically acclaimed books as Flower Child (1988), Second Act (1994), The Bremen Poems (1995/99), Chiaroscuro (1997), If Only The Night (2002), Heart's Field (2005), eel on reef (2007), Tracers: e-book (2010), and Ijele (2012). Nduka, a poet, essayist, songwriter, collagist - is ranked among the most innovative writers of his generation.

Nine East was released on the 31st of May 2013 by SPM Publications – a London-based publisher whose other authors include Roger Elkin, Mandy Pannett, Afam Akeh, Molara Wood, Nnorom Azuonye and Obemata.

Nine East uses 100 poetic observations to explore our collective human environments; teasing, questioning, celebrating, and enjoying life and how we live it, how we love, how we know and use our bodies and how far we push our minds and spirits. It is an assured, mesmerising and fun book of poetry in which every breath of love and life is captured in organic music.


"There is much to appreciate in Nduka's joyous language, his percussive rhythms; his sense of movement runs like a river..."
          -Library Journal

"In Nine East, Nduka locates the grace of our graphic, bodied days, in verse somehow both free and arresting – volleyed between playful compound neologisms and stark, unaffected prose these lines capture the poet's life in all its quotidian wonder, the word recalling always our dual anatomies, formed of cell and sentence. The edges blur as we enter the pace of these pages, knowing ourselves here, asking ourselves (as Nduka asks himself, and us) why we are waiting for a bus as the poem's face is lifting off, almost slipping out of the page, making room for the unintended. They are poems for now, and for here."
          - Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Managing Editor Exit Strata

"The trouble with Uche Nduka is that he is incapable of writing a single poem that does not confirm his reputation as a – no, make that “the” – the master of the word. In Nine East, every word is a world ajar, beckoning. Reader, you must enter this world – Uche’s world made ours – where an enthralling marriage of perception and lyricism guarantees that your senses shall never be the same again. This is what we ask of the truly great poet, what we ask of great poetry of the sort that Uche Nduka delivers in this book."
          - Pius Adesanmi, Winner, Penguin Prize for African Writing

Nine East is now available to order direct from SPM Publications at and through such online retailers as Barnes & Noble, and

Until Nine East becomes available in Nigeria and other African countries, SPM Publications will deliver directly to Africa from England.

Details of Book launches and reading tours in the United States, the United Kingdom and Nigeria will be announced in due course.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (June 2013)

Closing Date: 30 June 2013

Details: For previously unpublished poems in English language in any style, on any subject up to 50 lines long. Poems entered must also not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere and may not be entered into another competition running at the same time.

Eligibility: Poets of all ages, gender and nationality living anywhere in the world are eligible to enter.

Prizes: £150 (First), £75 (Second), £50 (Third), £10 x 3 (High Commendation) + Publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine.

Fees: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7 and £22/10 poems.

Judge: Claire Askew author of The Mermaid and the Sailors.

Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form (for postal entries) at

Postal Entries: Cheques/Postal Orders in favour of SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT, Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB.

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