ISBN 9789789234202
Pages 146
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2012
Publisher Manila Publishers Company, Nigeria
Format Paperback

In the Wings of Waiting

by Ikeogu Oke

This multi-voice collection is led by patriotic poems and is dominated by love poems. The author's previous collection, Salutes without Guns was selected as one of the Books of the Year 2010 by the Times Literary Supplement and was long-listed for the 2010 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature.

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"Ikeogu Oke is not afraid to ask questions in the penetrating language only poetry has at its command... No end to the wide illumination in the protean gifts of this man... In whatever form of art, the poems In the Wings of Waiting are here for our personal and political association when our own words are not, as we survive, along with his insights, 'the road to perdition'".

Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize Winner. From the foreword in the book

"Ikeogu Oke is a poet of the miracles of everyday life. This collection shows him at his admirable best when celebrating intimate moments and the mysteries and triumphs of the simple and ordinary."

Odia Ofeimun, Poet
About the Author

Ikeogu Oke

"A work of poetry, of literature, is first of all a work of beauty. You can be angry, but you have to be angry in a beautiful way. The problem is that [Nigerian] poets tend to be more skilled in expressing anger than expressing beauty. [Ideally] you read a poem and you see the anger, and you don't feel the anger; beauty is something that strikes you, anger does not. The anger has to be handled constructively so that what emerges is not a work of anger but a work of beauty. Fine if they are angry, they should be angry, but they should not inflict us with works that are not beautiful.

I think love is one of the best emotions that we can produce. Some of my love poems are the best I've ever written. But you can't write about love if you're not a lover. If your love is sincere; write about that love. If your anger is sincere; write about that anger. But don't ever forget that you're writing to create a work of beauty that will survive the anger. Love and anger are ephemeral emotions, but beauty is something that lasts forever."

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