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

EMEKA AZUINE


Reality World

Those who took us for what we are
will live to rejoice with us
what they never knew we were.

Those who rejected us for what we were
will live to tell their friends
what good it was they missed in us.

Those who despised our huts
will miss the world of fortune
attendant to kings that lived with us.

Those who derided the slippers we wore today
will announce to their friends
how well new shoes fit into our feet.

Those who refused our embrace of short arms
will live to tell their friends how much love
radiated from the short hugs we gave.

Those who believed only because they saw
will tell generations of near-misses
they achieved for striving to see contents before boxes.

For the wisdom of the ancients
always lay beneath the earth
and reality, beneath the world unseen.

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