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:

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MAGAZINE MONTHLY -- FEBRUARY 2003          ISSN 1479-425X

Feature


Through the pages of Nnamdi's two collections of poems "Paradigm City and other poems" and "Life With So Short A Memory" on which this essay is based, the theme of freedom marches like a Trojan horse. Nnamdi dares his reader to walk against his manacling fears and be free, insisting in "Pride Like A Brown Eagle" that only through that shall freedom be gained though obstacles rage and "…you will see us soar/as we fly to freedom, and finally! /you will hear us shout again." He does however suggest subtly that the true freedom is the one we give ourselves and to others, likening humanity's freedom to a rose in "This poem is for whoever understands" and implores mankind not to love cherish and care for its collective freedom "…let a rose die out/if the stem breaks/put it into water/…if you frame it/in your heart/you will always remember it."


References:
Obiechina, Emmanuel N.
Language and Theme: Essays on African Literature p.213
Azuonye, Nnamdi O. "On the way to find myself."
Paradigm City and other poems p.68
Azuonye, Nnamdi O "Some Say Life"
Paradigm City and other poems  p.45
Azuonye, Nnamdi O "Deadlines Meet a Feathery Knight"
Life With So Short A Memory p.9
Azuonye, Nnamdi O "Fear"
Life With So Short A Memory p.10
Azuonye, Nnamdi O "I Wish I Could Fly High"
Paradigm City and other poems  p.4
Azuonye, Nnamdi O "Living in Both Worlds"
Paradigm City and other poems  p.15
Azuonye, Nnamdi O "Paradigm City"
Paradigm City and other poems  p.3
Azuonye, Nnamdi O "The Sight I Will Never See"
Paradigm City and other poems  p.48
Azuonye, Nnamdi O "Pride Like A Brown Eagle"
Life With So Short A Memory p.12
Azuonye, Nnamdi O "This poem is for whoever understands"
Paradigm City and other poems  p.47

Bibliography

Obiechina Emmanuel N. "Language and Theme: Essays on African Literature"
Howard Univ Press; (1990)
Azuonye, Nnamdi O. "Paradigm City and other poems"
Nsibidi Africana Publishers (2002)
Azuonye, Nnamdi O. "Life With So Short A Memory"
Nsibidi Africana Publishers (2002)

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