by Hauwa Gambo
The renaissance of African prose came with writers like Adichie, Habila and many others, and is a celebrated development. However, as new novels are published in the mainstream every year, the question “is poetry a forgotten art?” remains.
For poet, Jennifer Ehidiamen, the answer is no. ‘Preserve My Saltiness’ is her first collection of original poems, in which she reflects on life’s issues with insight and wisdom. Jess Rimington, One World Youth Project says of the collection:
“In this book I see that Jennifer has wrangled in the electrifying bull of creativity to possess her words in a way that will speak to others deeply. She speaks to you in these pages from a place of strength and the calm assuredness that this is exactly what she would like to say. I hope you listen. Because by recording her truth, she has recorded our truth. So, take a moment and learn of your soul as you read the poetry of hers. My favorite poem is My Brothers Wrestle.”
“As a writer, I have carefully looked at these poems and believe that you will enjoy reading ‘Preserve My Saltiness’. You will enjoy reflecting on the threads of meaningful didactic and philosophical images, which help to enhance the encoded meanings. These poetic thoughts could only emanate from one who stayed close to grandma, picking eternal words of wisdom; I bet Jennifer did, as shown in these poems which are all her original pieces,” says Isi Agboaye, the editor of the book.
To buy your copies, please visit:
Naija-Sistas Book-stop- Henry Nelson Consulting, 26 Festival Road off Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
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Author: Jennifer Ehidiamen
Paperback: 81 pages
Publisher: Step Out Creatives Publications U.K; First Edition edition (20 Feb 2011)