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

UNOMA AZUAH

Song of the Owl*
(For Nnenna Yvonne Ndubuisi)

We didn't have many stars to count
But we celebrated under the glowing moon
We didn't glitter in litters of gold
But kept the shine of our bronze
We clenched at our growling bellies
But had laughter to share in the
hollows of hunger
…now you're dropped
Slashed down with the force
Of a straying boulder
You had so much to give
But abandoned your basket of gifts
Mid-way to the festival of harvests
I will leave the beds we sowed
Faith, dreams, and the hope of
a tomorrow…
…fold our memories like a worn mat
and walk into the night that stole you--
We had no heavens to claim
But found our paradise on the
sands of innocence.

*The name of her last play, based on the plagues
that stole many of our lives in Nigeria.

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