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He Who always is Ours by Darlington Anuonye

(For Professor Isidore Diala, Teacher,Friend and Muse, for his croaky rumbling laughter that completes an aspect of creation)




And what more can I do since I'm only a man? A small man painfully insignificant.
I'm no nightingale else I would trouble the quiet of the night With adulations that never flatter; songs that marry both poetry and truth.
Were I a kiwi, I would fly back into your past And erase any memory of suffering But why shall I? The scars on your body As you got swallowed by books in Cambridge and elsewhere Grew out and became the stars we see today.
Or were I an eagle, I would mount on your wings and soar a(way) But I doubt whether I would keep up with your pace , For there are tired eagles and eagles .
But I'm just a vulture And I've chosen to encircle where the catch of great hunters lie To, as a self-appointed minstrel, sing For you and for the world you en(word) Maybe, I just hope, the people could see you whole  
Moments of your absence, sweet soul... ... Are
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Umuohiagu of Bloody Memory: Nnaemeka Okere's Blood at Noon By Ifesinachi Johnpaul Nwadike

The Nigerian/Biafran war of 1967-1970, is a discourse that is yet to fade from the lips of our national consciousness, and over the recent past, new writers have continued to engage in the open ended analysis of the war from its first hand witnesses, most of whom were either onlookers or actors  in the war. Hence, one could forgive the bitter sentiments expressed in these works. However, the new writers, obviously, new comers from behind the battlefield, have refused to shy away or let go. They believe that there are untreated aspects of the war’s history, hence, the need to probe deeper to excavate untold stories, and to remember unremembered casualties, in a bid to achieve a concrete and complete healing process.
Prior to the publication of outstanding war novels by post war novelists like Chimamanda Adichie, Uzodimma Iweala etc, Eddie Iroh, the author of many Biafra war stories, including Siren at Night and 48 Guns for the General, was quoted to have said that the story of the Bia…