‘GREEN: Sighs of Our Ailing Planet’, the latest collection of poems by poet, scholar and public intellectual Professor Niyi Osundare, will be released in January 2022.
The book’s publisher, Black Widow Press, announced the release date via a post at the weekend. The firm described it as “a new collection of poems by one of Africa’s most renowned poets, scholars and public intellectuals.”
In lyrical and alluring notes, the recently retired Professor of English at the University of New Orleans, US, spotlights global environmental issues and deploys poetry in the campaign against environmental pollution and degradation.
‘Green…’ is coming four years after the poet’s last work, ‘If Only the Road Could Talk: Poetic Peregrinations in Africa, Asia, and Europe’ published by the same Black Widow.
Born in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State, in 1947, Prof Osundare was educated at the University of Ibadan, University of Leeds and York University, Toronto, Canada.
His poetry collections include ‘City Without People: The Katrina Poems’, ‘Random Blues’, ‘Days’, ‘The Word Is an Egg’, ‘Midlife’, ‘Waiting Laughters’, ‘Moonsongs’ and ‘The Eye of the Earth’ among others.
Professor Osundare has won awards and prizes, including the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Prize, the Cadbury/ANA Prize, the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Noma Award, the Tchicaya U Tam’si Award for African Poetry, and the Fonlon/Nichols Award for “excellence in literary creativity combined with significant contributions to Human Rights in Africa”. He received the 2014 Nigerian National Merit Award.
He was a columnist for Newswatch and had poetry columns in Sunday Tribune, the rested NEXT newspaper, and The Nation.
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