I AM MEMORY by Jumoke Verissimo Published November 2008 ISBN:
9789780880651 Format: 195 x 135mm Extent: 64 pages Illustrations: 4
nos. POETRY A themed collection of poems arranged in four movements
and centered on the broad theme of remembrance, expressed mainly
through emotions of loss, dispossession and despair. I am memory
highlights the human condition as remembered in lucid moments,
aided with a measured control of line and verse by a poet of
promising abilities. Addresses universal issues and issues specific
to Nigerian realities. Powerful and evocative poems in readable
language. Contains four memorable illustrations that precede each
movement. A slim volume packed with poignant poetry, to be read and
re-read. Short listed with honourable mention for the 2009 ANA 2009
Winner: T.M. Aluko Prize for First Book of fiction & 2nd Prize,
Ibrahim Tahir Prize for fiction, Abuja Writers Forum Literary
Contest Jumoke Verissimo has worked as a printer's clerk, assistant
sub-editor, editor, performance poet, copywriter and journalist
with different organizations including Farafina, Rosabel
Advertising and The Guardian. She is a graduate of the English
Department at the Lagos State University. Her poems and short
stories have appeared in several magazines like Chimurenga, Bathtub
Gin, Canopic Jar, Eclectica, Sentinel, African writing-online,
Boyne Berries, Farafina, Kwani and several anthologies. 'I am
memory' is her first book. She is currently working on her first
novel and a second collection of poems. "Jumoke Verissimo's poetic
voice is imbued with a consciousness of African history and an
awareness of the socio-economic realities of modern Nigeria with
its legacy of colonial plunder, its pathetic attempts at
self-governance and the brutality of its military dictatorships.
She balances the despair she sees all around her with a degree of
stubborn hope and an enchanting lyricism which echoes the style of
oral African poetry." -Funso Aiyejina (Critic, Poet and Professor
of Comparative Literature) "Confident, passionate, sensual...a
gripping collection...a powerful debut. I was hooked from the first
page to the last." -Biyi Bandele (Author, Burma Boy) "In this her
first collection of poems, Jumoke Verissimo, remakes language
beyond mere lyricism to uncover the roots of pain and the passion
that will heal it. She addresses communal hurt as a personal fate
that awaits an assured balm....This poet will travel." -Odia
Ofeimun (Poet and critic, author The Poet Lied) Jumoke Verissimo is
a Nigerian poet and writer. Her first book, "I Am Memory," has won
some literary Awards in Nigeria. Some of her poems are in
translation in Italian, Norwegian, French, Japanese, Chinese, and
Macedonian. The "People's Daily" describes her collection as "a
bold stance of pain and other emotions, filtering through the pores
of gross indifference and achieving a communal cry of retrospective
protest." The Punch also describes her as, 'one of those who will
change the face of literature in Nigeria, ' after her first book,
which was well-received across the country. Her works have appeared
in "Migrations" (Afro-Italian) Wole Soyinka ed., "Voldposten 2010"
(Norway), "Livre d'or de Struga" (Poetes du monde, sous le
patronage de l'UNESCO) and many other print and online magazines.
Awards and nominations: 2009: Carlos Idzia Ahmad Prize, First Prize
for a first book of Poetry 2009: Anthony Agbo Prize for Poetry,
Second Prize for a first book of Poetry 2009 Honourable Mention
Association of Nigeria Authors (Poetry) Prize 2009 2012: Recipient,
Chinua Achebe Centre Fellowship 2012 2012: Mother Drum Golden Award
for Excellence, for poetry
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