ISBN 9789780390358
Pages 64
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2002
Publisher Kraft Books, Nigeria
Format Paperback

The Insomniac Dragon

by Ebereonwu

A further title in the Kraftgriots poetry series. Ebereonwu's poetry is the restless song of the city, the night and vampires. Animal imagery recurs and reverberates through the collection. In the title poem, the poet prefers to sing of vultures, dogs in chains and hiding rats, rather than 'sweet songs/or like the caged bird praises'. His song - poetry that engenders insomnia - is intended as the antithesis of the lullaby, but insomnia turns out to be a positive metaphor in the poet's incursions. He writes that a man's mentality may limit his wealth, and 'I [mankind] can transverse the earth on the back of a vampire/But peace with fellow man/Is in the heart of the unborn'. Ebereonwu is a poet of the younger generation in Nigeria, a scriptwriter and film producer.

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