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Poetics of Rage

A Reading of Remi Raji's Poetry

by Sule E. Egya

This study explores the nationalist imagination, artistic philosophy and the overtly political dimension of Remi Raji’s poetry. It is an attempt to construct a sustained critical discourse on Raji’s ongoing body of works. Raji is one of the major poetic voices on the Nigerian literary scene today. With the publication of his first collection, A Harvest of Laughters, in 1997 Raji has continued to strengthen his craft and vision through subsequent volumes: Webs of Remembrance (2000), Shuttlesongs: America – a Poetic Guided Tour (2003), Lovesong for My Wasteland (2005); and Gather My Blood Rivers of Song (2009). Evidently he has attained poetic maturity and, given the frequency of his output, is set to realise a fulfilled poetic career. His maturation thus far through these five volumes deserves a major critical assessment, and a possible prediction for the direction of his artistic vision.

ISBN 9789789180158 | 178 pages | 210 x 148 mm | 2011 | Kraft Books, Nigeria | Paperback



"To present a new poet in such a feast of criticism requires skills, courage, confidence, and more. Dr Egya’s effort is an important contribution to the ongoing discourse of the social relevance of new writing in Africa. "

Gboyega Kolawole, Associate Professor of English, University of Abuja



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