The fourth issue of the PIN Quarterly Journal comes repackaged with assortments of poetic edibles traversing the beauty and inexhaustible richness of poetry. I state with sense of delight and appreciation that the number and quality of submissions received for this edition of the journal supersede previous editions. This further establishes the fact that poetry is experiencing a renaissance sweeping across all countries of the world. Acting in accordance with the Call for Submissions made in May, the 13 columns advertised are systematically and gracefully arranged for readers to have a rollercoaster ride devouring the content.
Across the Oceans hosts the works of two female poets; Hulya Yilmaz, a professor of Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University and Erah Oalind, a Filipino-American writer with great affinity for Nigerian people and culture. Their poems, toeing the lines of both emotionality and cognition are reflective of their poetic expertise. In Tongues of Poetry, Amarachi Attamah, Haastrup Adesanmi and Alozor Michael Ikechukwu used their poems; ‘Ije M’, ‘Ife Atantan’ and ‘Ije Mu Na Gi’ to navigate the paths of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.
Appropriately, Noah Oladele, Chinelo Nwangwu and Chisom Okafor (prize winners of the 2016 edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize) have their poems, ‘The Sun Will Rise Again’, ‘Beautiful Father…Loving Husband’ and ‘Sundown in Port Harcourt’ featured in Blazing Hot, a column known for exquisiteness. Similarly, shortlisted entries for the 2015 edition of Eriata Annual Food Poetry Contest now (PIN Annual Food Poetry Contest), ‘We Have Found A Home’ by Kanyinsola Olorunnisola, ‘What Killed Uncle Joe’ by Pace Ejikem and ‘We Would Make Food In Place Of War’ by Ajijola Habeeb appear in the Food Poetry column.
Poetic Insight takes us in-depth the world of poetry with Oladele Babajamu’s “Poetry in War” rationally establishing a relationship between poetry and war. He retired as a Colonel in the Nigerian Army in 2011. Still on poetry analysis, a literary critic and graduate of English and Literary Studies from Kogi State University, Kogi State, Nigeria Victor Akwu critiqued ‘Back Again at the Foothills of Greed’ by Idris Amali.
On a lighter note, John Chizoba Vincent humours away Nigeria’s laughable problems with his poem ‘Not my Cup of Tea’. He is joined in the Crispy Satire Column by Obaseki Fidelis and Taiye Oguns, another poet who buries himself in poetry writing to evade frustration. Also, Naija Languej, that is, Standardized Nigerian Pidgin, is creatively and humorously used by Albert Seraphin and Alozor Michael Ikechukwu to teach lessons bordering on right attitudes.
Appearing uniquely is the Special Contributor Column which introduces the work of a budding writer, Binogun Winifred. Her flash fiction entitled ‘Triangle of Ignominy’ is neighboured by poems of Francis Annagu and Veralyn Chinenye. Also standing out, Words on Creative Marble embodies the fleshy quotes of Eriata Oribhabor and Taiwo Adetimole respectively.
Arousing all senses, Chinonye Chidolue, Alozor Michael Ikechukwu and Abeiku O’ engage readers with their erotic-zoned poems. Spoken Waves reveals the motives behind the crafts of two spoken word poets, Airick DiAngelo (ArchAngel) and Solutionist Clementina. The curtain falls with an exclusive interview with Erah Oalind for On the Stop.
Undoubtedly, this current issue of the PIN Quarterly Journal will maintain and sustain the interest of literary aficionados whilst recruiting more minds for poetic endeavors.
Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom
Editor, PIN Quarterly Journal
Below are the categories in this Issue