Writings of the general word's body

Monday, January 15, 2007

New Reads

Poems are not usually included in the 'New Reads', but when it's Tanure Ojaide's To The Janjaweed, exceptions can be made. Click on the above excerpt to read Ojaide's divine curses heaped in poetry upon the Janjaweed - in the current issue of Per Contra.

In Jude Dibia 's Among Strangers, a young man goes to the funeral of the father from whom he has been long enstranged. He has to confront his stepmother, his past and his own sense of isolation. The story is published in the 2nd issue of
Black Biro Online.

Mother had confronted them, but I knew nothing of what they said. Grandma spoke rapidly in Igbo, and so did father. And mother, in tears, responded in Igbo – even though she was not one of their own. Many times they all pointed at me and I just sat still, listening to all the strange words being hurled about and feeling so out of place and helpless. I didn’t share their language with them. It was the language that bound them together; the same language that severed me from them. Even at that age, I worried that there was no place for me in their world or this world.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have always known that Jude Dibia was an astounding writer. This short story proves it. With his easy style and power of evocative descriptions he has been able to tell a very important story of identity and of language, i.e. how language can include and exclude. This is a sad story but charming all at the same time. Well done! And thanks MW for drawing our attention to it.

R Adams