In a hugely ambitious essay cum review of not one but 4 recent collections of poetry by Nigerian poets (Memories of Stone by Chuma Nwokolo; The Bridge Selection by Nnorom Azuonye; Why I Don't Like Philip Larkin by Esiaba Irobi; and Heart's Field by Uche Nduka), Afam Akeh reflects on the notion of exile and its bearings on new Nigerian Writing. Where does one quote from? I don't know, but it's got to be read - 'Poor' African Writers Travelling: Home and Exile in Younger Nigerian Diasporic Writing.
The essay is published in the current issue of Sentinel Online. As it happens, Afam Akeh has been revealed as the new editor of what was known as Sentinel Quarterly. The last issue of the print journal in its present incarnation will be out in December (last issue edited by Nnorom Azuonye). From March 2007 however, it's all change with the print edition. With Akeh at the helm, the print publication will be known as Sentinel Quarterly: Journal of African and World Literature - with a special emphasis on 'African' - of course. Instead of the current tight focus on poetry alone, in will come Short Fiction, Reviews and Essays on poetry, fiction, music, theatre and film. Read the fine detail on Sentinel.
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