PIN Quarterly Journal (Issue 3)
The 3rd issue of the PIN Quarterly Journal featuring 13 compelling columns is ready to be read, critiqued and enjoyed by all. Heeding the Call for Submission made in February 2016, entries spanning the advertised columns were received and subjected to intense assessment for selection. On the home front, delightful first time submissions were received from Alozor Michael Ikechukwu, Stanley Princewill McDaniel, Damilola Makinde and Vivien Braide amongst others. Internationally acclaimed writer from Philippines, Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo alongside Jim Lewis from California, United States also have their delectable works featured in Across the Oceans.
Reading through the columns, a reader is awed by the creative extractions made from a single but dynamic genre of literature; poetry. With the exception of the Special Contributor Column dedicated to works that might not be borne out of poetry but has a meritorious edge, all other columns derive their contents from poetic mines.
Submissions in this issue succinctly meet the poetic needs of literary enthusiasts whilst aiding societal cleansing, growth and development. Obodoksi Agbor writes wittingly against societal ills in his poem; ‘Our Arms are Troubled’ which appear in Crispy Satire.
Interestingly, food-poems of Adeyemi Agarau, Archita Mittra and Aremu Adams adjudged best three entries by Jumoke Verissimo (Poet/Judge) in the 2015 edition of Eriata Annual Food Poetry Contest are contained in the Food Poetry Column. Also on Food Poetry, Nnenna Ihebom’s outstanding poem entitled ‘Chips and Chops’ completes the awesome poetic delicacy. In ‘Tongues of Poetry’, the Igbo language is immersed in poetic fluid of Amarachi Attamah and John Chizoba Vincent’s Igbo poems entitled ‘Anunuebe’ and ‘O’di Egwu’ respectively.
Projecting the creative dimension of Naija Languej (Standardized Pidgin), Albert Seraphin and Alzor Michael exhibit both humour and positive values with their poems ‘Yawa Don Gas’ and ‘Elda We No Respekt Imsef’.
Oghenero Ezaza analytically reviews the popular poem ‘Abiku’ written by J.P Clark in ‘Poetic Insight’. Ezaza’s previous analytical essays on poetry had garnered critical acclaim for their insightful attributes. ‘Blazing Hot’, ‘Words on Creative Marbles’, ‘Spoken Waves’, ‘Special Contributor’ and ‘On the Spot’ also feature in this issue.
I implore everyone to take out time to fully explore the contents of the journal, give feedback and subscribe accordingly. Peace!
Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom
Editor, PIN Quarterly Journal