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Voice of The Night Masquerade

by Ezenwa Ohaeto

The author explains his poetic mission thus:

'it is the cultural tradition in my part of the world, that when abominations become unbearable, and the truth must be told with great courage, then the night masquerade order to set a senseless practice right; sometimes the night masquerade must confront the ruler and point out the nakedness of his utterances...this is the voice of the night masquerade, I am only the medium.' The ensuing collection of poems is divided into three sections: 'Night' - alluding to the night the mother of the spirits walked the length and breadth of the clan, weeping for her murdered son, in 'Things Fall Apart'; 'Night Vigil', and 'Night Passages'.

This book was joint winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors' Poetry Prize in 1997.

ISBN 9789780391003 | 100 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 1996 | Kraft Books, Nigeria | Paperback



'Powerfully rendered...Ezenwa-Ohaeto has found a place in post-war Nigerian poetry'

West Africa

'His poetic concerns and even his language are tuned toward a mass-oriented sympathy...'

World Literature Today



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