The Poetic Man
The Poetic Man is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African Nigerian poets, a genre that until now has not commonly been counted as one in which African Nigerian poets have participated. No pleasures are more aesthetic than poetry and man, so it is only natural that the two should unite. The Poetic Man brings to the fore a neglected and vital means of considering poetry by African Nigerians.
It is a relentless dismantling of identity, a difficult jewel of a poems. Kanu makes mythical pastorals to question the terrors to which we’ve become accustomed, and to celebrate how we survive. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and beauty of our culture are propelled into stunning clarity by Kanu’s mastery.
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Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and beauty of our culture are propelled into stunning clarity by Kanu’s mastery. The Poetic Mann is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction.
Oluchukwu Kanu fearlessly interrogates how the pen can heal the society. With honesty, precision, tenderness of detail, and a light touch, He explores love for his culture. The poems read like a love letter to our culture and leave the reader with a strong dose of hope for their tradition.
In this collection of poems covering Africa, meditation and memory and everything in between, we hear Kanu’s voice mingled with the voices of our ancestors, our past and our future, calling to us to reflect as ‘life streaming hurriedly to us’. Woven within the lyricism of the words, the poems are a political and social commentary on life that evoke and reminds us of the stories we tell and are told about us.
Book Society of Nigeria & Magnet Africa