THE CRADLE I (ISSUE 8)

THE CRADLE I (ISSUE 8) TWO POEMS | Aire Joshua Omotayo A VERSE FOR MY COUNTRY  our mother’s womb was a page in a night’s cloak, where no deer got to spew its ink, without seeking for headlights with torches of broken languages scattered across its mouth. her womb was a church, where dirge gleamed […]

CRISPY SATIRE (ISSUE 8)

CRISPY SATIRE (ISSUE 8) TWO POEMS | EBENEZER ADARAMODU ZERRY PREACHER’S DAUGHTER The preacher’s daughter has a relic of quid. Her body is an oasis of charade, She quibbles at the stretch of a pyramid. In her mouth, There is a wild city where wild boys Throw stones at the Pope. This is an impiety […]

ON THE SPOT III (ISSUE 8)

ON THE SPOT III (ISSUE 8) Here, author of “Garri for Breakfast”, Seun Larri-Williams talks to PIN about entering and being shortlisted for the 2017 edition of The NLNG Prize for Literature.  How did you come to know of the NLNG Prize? My girlfriend, Feyi randomly stumbled upon the competition somewhere on the internet and […]

ON THE SPOT II (ISSUE 8)

ON THE SPOT II (ISSUE 8) In this brief chat, Ikeogu Oke talks about winning the 2017 edition of The NLNG Prize for Literature and his forthcoming works. Congratulations on winning the 2017 edition of The NLNG Prize for Literature. How do you feel?  Delighted, humbled and deeply grateful. What motivated you to put in […]

ON THE SPOT I (ISSUE 8)

ON THE SPOT I (ISSUE 8) In this exhaustive interview, Chief Gladys Russel, a retired civil servant, a mass communicator, poet and playwright, talks about her personality, career, writings, publications and achievements. Chief Gladys Russel is a retired civil servant, poet, playwright and unique personality ever disposed to promoting the art in general with special […]

THE CRADLE II (ISSUE 8)

THE CRADLE II (ISSUE 8) THE STAINS ON OUR CLOTHES | Adaeze M. Nwadike The stains on our clothes can talk They tell of our mothers who we buried on board And of our fathers whose corpse remained bones Before we got off shore   The stains on our clothes speak They speak of inter-continental dust […]

PHOTO POETRY (ISSUE 8)

PHOTO POETRY (ISSUE 8) RUSTED PETAL | Olaitan Maryam Mojisola I am… The battered treasure In your weeping hands, The cold voice Beneath your pounding chest. I am the crushed petal betwixt The twin-pillar you visit at dark The rusted organ that births elegic sonnets. I am the nightmare That graces your mornings With soiled faces […]

POETIC INSIGHT (ISSUE 8)

POETIC INSIGHT (ISSUE 8) BEYOND DIDACTICISM: A REVIEW OF MICHEAL ACE’S SERMON FROM A STAMMERER TITLE: SERMON FROM A STAMMERER AUTHOR: MICHEAL ACE GENRE: POETRY NUMBER OF PAGES: 32 PUBLISHER: ACEWORLD DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2016 REVIEWER: AYOOLA GOODNESS One of the tenets of literature is didacticism—the flowering of morality— a telling of the truth (the […]

BOOK REVIEW (ISSUE 8)

BOOK REVIEW (ISSUE 8)  REVIEW OF ‘DIARY OF A BROKEN POET’ (A COLLECTION OF POEMS BY STEFN SYLVESTER ANYATONWU) | BY OGWIJI EHI-KOWOCHIO Life breaks people, so much that quite a number of them, live, thinking death is its only break! DIARY of a BROKEN POET is a juicy attempt at recycling the same brokenness […]

EROTIC ZONE (ISSUE 8)

EROTIC ZONE (ISSUE 8) LET’S GO BARE | Wakchin Nengak Let’s go bare And snap our lips To dust off themselves Mutually, While we fold ourselves Into a sensual bunch; As our palms creep gently To garner Our ripen troves tonight. Let me sense Your strands of hair, To perceive the alluring smell. So, clutch […]

FROM THE BLUES (ISSUE 8)

EVERYTHING DIMS AT TWILIGHT | Olubowale Johnson Please, don’t bid me rise Here with my eyelids close I lie For why’s the haste into the day Whilst still so young If a little slumber can ease my fiery heart Leave me alone where I lie   Please, don’t calm the fluster of my youth Ebullient spirit […]

SPOKEN WAVES I (ISSUE 8)

SPOKEN WAVES (ISSUE 8) Bankole Kolawole (BankHALL) is a poet whose mastery of consonance is jaw-dropping. He plays on words with ease, like he plays the Ludo game. He is best known for his impeccable dancing prowess while performing poetry with the infusion of African musical instruments which has earned him the appellation “African Michael […]