Two poems | by Ken Allan Dronsfield

​Earth Cries; Heaven Smiles White rose petals gently fall floating down to bare ground lilacs open inhaling the sun essence of both waft above. ladybugs dancing leaf to leaf dragonflies sit alert on a post robins skip on fresh cut lawns old cats nap in sunlit windows granddads reflect in old chairs kids laugh playing…

Three poems | by Sanjeev Sethi

Strife During initiation an unwritten contract is formed. A wordless mise penned to fine print. When blue- print is betrayed ruptures appear. More serious the  transgression more rooted the rent. There is no  testimony or tribunal. Those with injured feelings  respond: bluster of terraqueous beings. Living Let me lie. Turds of  truth have vexed me. …

CALL FOR ENTRIES: PIN ANNUAL FOOD POETRY CONTEST (PFPC) 2017

For ages, feeding the mouth and the mind has ensured the sustenance of mankind, making food and arts complementarily indispensable. Accordingly, Poets in Nigeria (PIN) calls for submissions of food-related poems for the 4th edition of the PIN Annual Food Poetry Contest (initiated in 2013 as Eriata Annual Food Poetry Contest). PRIZES 1st Prize –…

Three poems | by Jake St. John

​Nights At Mike’s We were  young dumb  and knew it all higher than a hawks nest in his parents basement we’d change the world  and find ourselves before it was all  said and done we told anyone that would listen that someday  we’d cross  the country together they said  they’d been saying  the same thing …

COMMUNICATORS LEAGUE CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST – SHORTLIST (POETRY CATEGORY)

Communicators League is delighted to announce the shortlist (Poetry Category) for the maiden edition of the Creative Writing Contest 2017 which closed to submissions on 30th May, 2017. The Poetry category received 108 entries which was processed and forwarded to the judges. The shortlisted entries with details of their authors are as follows: “BEHIND CLOSED…

Three poems | by Alyssa Trivett

​Paper I trashed receipt paper, a high school kegger of semicolons on lawn chairs and commas sitting in the  kiddie pool. They floated around the room, waiting for red and blue lines, or a blinking, weary cursor to chaperone and grab them, hide keys under the cat. Scrawled all over every nook and cranny  or…

​IYAWO ( Iya-iwo) | by Tejuoso Olamide Marie

  Like the cat’s eye in the dark, hers prowled, pacing with the support of her legs, as she daintily cruised round the circle painted with lives, graciously cocking her head high, with her koloba teasing palms itching to caress, while she gaited back and forth like a master in the glamour of a rocking…

NIGERIAN STUDENTS POETRY PRIZE 2017 – THE PRIZE WINNERS

< p style=”box-sizing:border-box;border:0;font-family:"font-size:14px;margin-right:0;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;outline-color:initial;outline-style:initial;padding:0;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(125,125,125);background-color:rgb(255,255,255);”> < p style=”box-sizing:border-box;border:0;font-family:"font-size:14px;margin-right:0;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;outline-color:initial;outline-style:initial;padding:0;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(125,125,125);background-color:rgb(255,255,255);”>Poets in Nigeria (PIN) is pleased to announce Bakre Fadil Adedamola, Ajah Henry Ekene and Bona O. Solomon as prize winners for the 2017 edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize which opened for submissions on 15th February, 2017 and received 725 poems from students drawn from over 100 tertiary institutions…

Three poems | by Allison Grayhurst

​Shroud The Moon I see your eyes float like balloons through the giant storm. I cradle your blanket. I cry on the carpet like a child, all in privacy, between rooms & walls. All for the farewell too real to speak. The world will not compensate, will not hold the hope to get out of…

“A Nut Job” | by Mare Leonard

Is he the warm chestnut bought from a vendor under the EiffelTower, the sweet meat, tasting like long lasting truth?   Is he a walnut cracked open by the matriarch at the Christmas table to be passed around to  kids so they could nibble a bit of honesty?   Is he an almond grown in…

Three poems | by JD DeHart

  Plight of a Perfectionist   It is quite something indeed to realize that all points of life offer some semblance of disillusionment   If you expect the ceiling to be so high, people to putter around kindly, and every object to be made of marble. Axis Point   Here I sit at the spinning…

Two poems | by C. Z Heyward

Though I May Try … There is No Perfect Place nor Time to Love You  When I first wrote my name on your body it was as a child would. Grabbing every crayon from the box. Trees were purple and blue. Grass was orange. The sky yellow. The dog red. Didn’t understand the lines and…

Three poems | by Victor Ugwu 

1. Dusk I Dusk bleeds A poem of wreath… II blue sores enclave Songs coursing broken tongues of dawn Seconds walay On slippery knolls— Time’s essence fall Into (y)our stenched pots III This man From east Of west Drinks life from your gourds As all your yearns Fix firm roots In his pockets While yours…

​THINK THE GRAVE | by Awogbemila Temitope

“I do not set my life at a pin’s fee; And, for my soul, what can it do to that”                        —- William Shakespeare The ailing air was bugling into my Chest because I was sand wearing a black song, My joy murdered like silence…

NIGERIAN STUDENTS POETRY PRIZE 2017 – THE LONGLIST

Poets in Nigeria (PIN) is delighted to announce the longlist for the 2017 edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize which closed to submissions on 15th March, 2017.  Poems numbering 725 were received, processed and forwarded to an 8-man judging panel chaired by Professor Akachi Ezeigbo for critical assessment. The longlisted entries with details of…