One day, I’ll dare to raise my middle finger at the stork and the reaper deftly runs a fine thread of existential consciousness through occasions of birth and death and, of course, through that intervening pathway that we all crave and revere as much as we dread: age and aging. The result is finely distilled poetry: a poetic truth and a poetic language and a poetic beauty that are as fascinating and compelling as they are irresistible.

Hyginus Ekwuazi ranks among the poets who dip their pen deep into that part of the human soul where even anguish is sublimated. He is a poet for whom the pen is, indeed, the tongue of the soul.

– Su’eddie Vershima Agema, Joint Winner, ANA Prize for Poetry 2014

About the Author

Hyginus Ekwuazi teaches Broadcasting & Film at Ibadan. His four earlier collections of poetry have been highly acclaimed; three among them have won significant prizes: Love Apart [winner, ANA-Cadbury Prize 2007; nominated for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, 2009; winner, ANA-Gabriel Okara/NDDC Prize, 2007]; Dawn into Moonlight [winner, ANA-Gabriel Okara/NDDC Prize 2008]; That Other Country [winner, ANA-Cadbury Prize 2010; nominated for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, 2012]; and The Monkey’s Eye.

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