Prominent Nigerian Poet Laureate, Niyi Osundare’s new collection of poetry, ‘GREEN: Sighs of Our Ailing Planet’, will feature in a reading/signing session on February 20, 2022.
Organized jointly by the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) and Roving Heights Bookstores, the session titled, An Evening with Professor Niyi Osundare, will have the Poet Laureate reading sections of the collection before a live audience that would converge on the Roving Heights exit at Plot 2&3, Water Corpo- ration Drive, Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. It’s 4 p.m.
There will also be a virtual broadcast of the event, according to organizers.
Released in January, the anthology, published by Commonwealth Books in conjunction with Black Widow Press is a compilation of poems reflecting the environment and the current series of chances and challenges facing her survival, particularly with the ongoing disrespect inflicted on him by humans.
Inspired by the series of environmental crises plaguing the world, from forest fires in the Amazon to the advancing desert in North Africa to the shrinking Lake Chad Basin in its home country of Nigeria, the collection invites readers to reflect on the threatened beauty of nature.
“Of all my poetry books of twenty years, none confronted me with a more difficult combination of urgency of content and complexity of execution than this new one,” said Osundare, professor emeritus currently at the University of New Orleans.
Says Osundare, “I dare say that the existential imperative of its content was responsible for the pain that accompanied its composition and the uneasy relief I now feel at its completion.
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“There is something deeply spiritual, almost religious, about the mission and message of the poems, and about the many ways in which they have revealed themselves to be inhabitants of this vital interface between the ecological and the cosmic.”
Osundare, widely revered for his lyrical lines and verse, and the most awarded poet of his generation, has published over 18 collections, four plays, a book of essays, numerous monographs and articles as well as over 70 journals and magazines around the world. .
He has received numerous awards and accolades including Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Award, Cadbury/ANA Prize (twice), Commonwealth Poetry Prize, Noma Prize, Tchicaya U Tam’ Prize if African Poetry (highest African Poetry Award), among others.
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