Niyi Osundare is one of Nigeria's most prominent writers, and a winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa 1991. Moonsongs won Honourable Mention in the 1989 Noma Award. The main body of the poems is given harmony by being centred on the image of the moon. Thirty-six poems explore original themes and imagery, enhanced by the rhythms of the language.
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Ado-Ekiti aflame with dusts Agbamurere Agidimo Ajegunle breaths brow caged bird sings clouds corridors of seasons crimson dancing dancing dancing dancing mask dancing dawn day break deciduous dreams drum dusts of hurrying ears earth echoes egret eyes feather femur fiery scales fire flame gallop green grey harmattan heard moonsteps hills hurrying dials Ibadan Ikoyi kiriji kmji madding moon mask dancing mask mbjb mhjh gungun tere milky moinmoin moon the moon Moonsong mountain night is dancing Oh moon oh Old storms olomi rooro T6 orun pepe/upe Peree o pere Poro poro poro rain reaps its hours restless ripening river rooro T6 ba seasons The sky shadows shekere silence skies sky is aflame Softly softly Softly softly Softly sways song sows its minutes stars stick storms new storms swagger sways the masquerade sweating teeth Teregungun mhjh gungun thunder ticking Time's tongue trees twilight wardrobe whisper wind Behold wink yellow Yoruba