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In every poem I write about you,
I ask the skies to lend me her brilliance.
No not the stars–
they quiver when I ask.

-Yet Another for Anxiety,

Anxiety and Things that Shatter by Samuel Adeyemi

I love this stanza from a heartfelt poem to Anxiety. I like how the persona talks to anxiety about the length of their relationship. I’ve been reading this poetry collection at bedtime. Yet Another for Anxiety reminded me of this picture I shot against the Kaduna sky.

ALitFest 2019

I attended ALitFest 2019 hosted by the Abuja Literary Society from 11th-13th of July 2019 at Exhibition Pavilion, Area 10, Garki.

The festival had creative guests, writers, bookstores, literary enthusiasts, vendors enjoy Panel discussions, Book Reading, Wedlock of the Gods stage adaptation, Arts auction, Poetry slam and Music performance.

My friends, Amaka, Logan, Tolu were guests of the festival. I was esctactic hugging and laughing with them and also watching them on panels.

“The 21st Century Nigerian man is learning everyday how to be human.”-Tolu Daniel

Panelist, The 21st Century Nigerian man #ALitFest19

Poetry Slam

I attended a little part of the interesting Poetry Slam, the evening of 12th July. From social commentary poems to a scintillating erotic poem about Banga soup to poems about betrayal to love poems. Two volunteers from Lipfest18 were in the poetry slam with lyrical poems. I shared videos in my I.G story highlights.

Panel Discussions

Saturday 13th, I attended 4 panel discussions, 2 in full and 2 in part. I unlearned, released and learnt.

“We have a wrong perception of a sexual perpetrator, it isn’t a man but a human. A victim is human.” -Dorothy

Panelist, #NigeriaToo- Sexual Harrassment in Nigeria’s public & private spaces

The 21st Century Nigerian man is a man who is constantly at war with himself and at war with the society. Self actualization is important for this man but in the context of family -Michael

Writer and Comment made from audience.

Art Auction

I also networked, walked through the Art Auction and discussed with two artists.

Bookstores and Book shopping

Logan February was kind to autograph my copy of his full length poetry collection.

Books at the RovingHeights Bookstore stand.

The Booksellers Limited stand

I shopped these two books for my dear reader and divalicious friend who values my recommendations. She wanted more African Queer Fiction after reading Stab Love with Flower Stalks. I got autographed copies of ‘In The Nude’ by Logan February and ‘Lákíríboto Chronicles’ by Ayodele Olofintuade. I worked within her budget also!

New Friends!

It was a delight getting introduced to Ope Adedeji, creative non-fiction writer and TJ Benson, writer and author. I met Fatima and her sister. Also Onyinye who were great conversationalists and fellow literary enthusiasts.

If you can attend any literary festival, please do!

Books and Blogs Shoutout!

Today I remembered the experience of reading this magnificent book last month and meeting Ayodele Olofintuade at ALitFest19. Indescribable experiences! I’ll keep adding notes to my draft. Expect my Lakiriboto Chronicles review after my exams upper week.
PS: the autograph is an inside joke I might share insight to in my review.


BLOGS SHOUTOUT!

Saturdays are for blog hopping! Blog Hopping involves me visiting blogs, reading and shoutout their content!

Image Source: tajmaosworld.wordpress.com

Find out Tajmao’s 6 Ways of Choosing Books to Travel With! Which I endorse because I’ve used four tips. My favourite tip is to pick one pocket sized book to pull out a handbag/backpack to read any spare time.

I enjoyed Beauty and Books upbeat review of ‘The Extra by Megan Walker and Janci Patterson‘ that got me reminiscing about My Mum’s Breakup Poison Float.

The Posion Float is a mix of rich chocolate icecream and spread, and Baileys. My mum would mix it up for me to eat after a break up. I get to eat each spoon and say what lesson/experience I’m grateful for, my negative contributions in the relationships and cry about the hurtful things then sleep. It was always therapuetic. It turns out Gabby Mays, the heroine believes her Breakup Icecream Tub fixes everything.

Enjoy the rest of today Gem!

Reading Update: Anxiety and Things that Shatter by Samuel Adeyemi

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This poetry collection is divided into three parts; Part I-Anxiety, Part II- Shatter, Part III- Rehab.

I’m currently reading poems under Anxiety. Did I say wow when I introduced this poetry collection here? Wow!

The imagery is animated and alive!

like silk turbans possessed/

by a sandstorm

Dancers

The tone of the poems here are anxious, reflective, often fast paced.

You hold me like an anchor,
like suicide ropes hold their beloved
without fear for the soul sleeping silently within.
And this soul rests like rosewater

• • •

Your words strike me like a knife in my chest
dragged up to my throat,
stuck underneath my chin,
but yet all I bleed is indecision

Voice

This excerpt from What Doesn’t Kill You, made me respectfully pause and click my fingers;

Sometimes what doesn’t kill you
let’s you live
to watch a part of you die.

There are some poems I will reread another day to decipher. But so far I’m enjoying how some unexpected or mundane experiences are painted.

And the neighbour’s child said
she sprinkled sugar on her bed sheets
because she wanted to have sweet dreams.

-Dreams/Reality

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