Contents

Editorial:
Pen, Sword and The Society

Interview:
Nnorom Azuonye
My E-conversation with
Esiaba Irobi

Guest Poet:
Rebecca Steltner
About Steltner

Poems:

Rebecca Steltner
Summer Forgetting
Untitled I
Untitled II
Before falling asleep
Chafed
Unoma Azuah
Vows
Song of the Owl
Nights
In Us
Uduma Kalu
To the unheard voice
A mermaid dance
Evelyn
I am still eager
C. Highsmith-Hooks
When freedom come
Through tainted eyes
The Day The Towers Fell
Uche Nduka
Swear
Gleamings
Turn the key
Slow Feet
Emeka Azuine
Reality World
Oppressenergy
Song for Souls


Feature:
Nnamdi Obioha Azuonye
- Profile of the poet
Nnorom Azuonye
The Freedom Clause: Theme and Meaning
in the poems of
Nnamdi Azuonye

Events & Announcements:
StAnza Poetry Festival
Poetry Competitions

Notes:

Notes on Contributors
Glossary

Back Issues:

January 2003
December 2002

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MAGAZINE MONTHLY -- FEBRUARY 2003          ISSN 1479-425X

Poems

UDUMA KALU


I am still eager



I have kept late nights
scattering speeches in moonlights
and tall flowers had  answered in silence

I have recited, evoked the spirit of the wise, wild
and water
---and  tall flowers had mirrored your silence

My toes have tossed the mid-night dances
along dark paths
deep contours lit by fire- flies...
I have encountered the spirits of the nights
And I'm still eager

In the day time
When kidnappers tiptoed with big bags of slavery
I have wandered
searched along lengthy paths
I have stumbled, recoiled,
Groped beneath big trunks...
asked  questions
and I have broken the pot of silence
... my first visit

But the mountain still mounts
The mountain builds mounds after a climb


I may be the wandering tiger
I may be the expectant beast
I may be the lion prowling
And each mount reinforces my quest

I am still eager
For I have broken the pot of silence
I am still eager
For the mountain has less sand to mount.

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