Shadrach and Other Poems

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African Books Collective, 2011 - Poetry - 124 pages
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The story of how the poems in this collection survived an inferno at the University of Ibadan will have to be told someday in a full-bodied narrative. Mostly written by 1995, the poems constitute an emotional biography, or a loose personal chronicle of events and contemplations occurring in a particularly fiery period in the author's life. Often the products of extreme inner excoriations, they remain germane to a reading of his subsequent philosophical transitions and current commitments. The reader of Shadrach and Other Poems will readily detect, and enjoy, the springs from which the themes of the verses flow from candid intimate reflections that underscore their authenticity to specifically public and numinous encounters that suggest the boundlessness of their source. The Shadrach idea - a telling image of trial - is the poet's choice of a redeeming metaphor that indicates the triumph of the human spirit over temporal setbacks and its indictment of forces falsely proclaiming their permanence. In this way, Oka Obono reminds us that humour, gravity and imagination are indispensable to us as we make peace with chance and providence in an uncertain world. He throws open the experience of a convoluted journey, and invites us to recollect our own histories within its subterranean passages. This is the charm of these poems. The material will resonate with readers who have been in varying kinds of 'ontological crucibles'. They will endorse the redemption waiting at the end of every tunnel - even if that came through the 'labyrinth of a promised furnace'.
  

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Contents

Preludes
1
Distant Images
2
Asaba
3
Among the Signs
4
Virginia Slims
5
Relay
6
Daily Resurrection
7
The Play Goes On
8
Mine on the Leaves
60
For Lost Companions
61
Nigerian Faces
62
You
63
Passage Me to Calmer Waters
64
For Andy
65
The Land Loves the Sea
66
Unweje Rijo
67

Remembering Carmelita
10
A Sphinxs Guidance
12
Realization
13
Friends of Nick
14
An Easter Poem
15
Sears of Yesterday
16
Transition
17
I Feel Estranged From You
18
The Serenity Was Strained Too Soon
19
Sparks On the Inside
20
A Pointless Ritual
21
The Cow and the Bull
22
For You These Days
23
This Wilderness of Things
24
The Devil
26
For Nora
27
Brandy Poetry
28
Into You
29
Furtively She Came Like a Fowl and Stood
30
Illusions
31
Through Your Eyes
32
I Write at a Bad Time
33
I Do Not Stroll Alone
34
You Stir Me Daily
35
Cocks on the Green
36
Stirrings
37
One Trip Less Without You
38
How Do You Feel?
39
Lessons of Life
40
Mercy Memoirs
41
Identity
42
This Gift of Sight
43
Same Place Some Place
44
If There Were a Way
45
From Nick
46
Sudden Sight
47
Tolling Across the Road
48
Still Yourself
49
These Blows You Deal Me
50
Rejoicing
51
Nsukka Skies
52
Rafters and Beams
53
For Someone in PH
54
Luminous Dreams
55
Glad To Have Met You
56
On Time and Things
57
A Sea Serenade
58
Innocence and Guilt
59
On Ideas
68
The Man from Three Worlds
69
Night Marauders
70
On Years and Lies
71
Joy in this Pure State
72
Scenes Still Tug
73
Grass on Sunday
74
The Slip
75
I Shall Rise Swiftly I Say
76
Freezing Morning
77
Goodbye
79
Flickering Goodbye
80
Nemesis
81
Corpses Motorcade
83
Disorientation Camp
84
A Nude Night
85
Quaking Grass
86
88Shadrach
88
Adam Among the Rushes
91
Illumination
92
This White Fire
93
Birth of a South African Orphan
95
The Mayor
96
Loneliness
97
Noon Dreams
98
On Silence
99
A Reverie
100
Innocences Viewpoint
104
Walk Blameless Before Me
105
Take a Hike
106
Mirror Games
107
He Spoke as the Clouds
108
Gentle Night
109
Baby Talk
110
We Will Let Our Blood Flow
111
Lord of Nature
112
One Moment
113
Home
114
I Dreamed of a Candle Flickering Last Night
115
His Touch Was Sacred to My Body
116
A Pleasant Lull
117
Tribute to a Little Flower
118
Throes in the Deep
119
Yakurr Retreat
121
Masindi
123
I Am the Fish Who Slipped Away
124
Back cover
125
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