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Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu


Son of a Superintendent of schools, Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu, Nigerian poet, novelist and short story writer, was born on 16 January, 1968. He began writing fiction at the age of fifteen, and since then has written five novels, eight collections of poems and two books of short stories.
His third novel, BOSHETH WILLIAMS, was published in England in 2003. A political, recommendable literary fiction for colleges and universities, the novel was to generate controversies that riled the anger of the northern section of his country. For this reason, Ogbuagu seeks santuary in Britain as an exiled writer.


The eye of an exile,
A kaleidoscope of piercy range,
Sees frontiers of distant lands

The blue rim of the horizon
Stretches beyond its beginning,
Haunting spectres of banishments.

The eye of an exile
Reads the blooded refrains of
Satanic hymns hummed from home

And tears drip from the corner
Of the lone eye – a monocle in search
Of venues for communal funerals.

No pince nez for the eye of an exile,
Which forms a globule with an aperture
Of grief, nurtured in the chambers of the sinciput

And the exile follows his own sleuth
From the scent of broken shadows to the
Distorted vistas of truths.

Walk on stilts,
High above stercoraceous grounds.

Waterstones crumble on
Broken firths
In one stertorous plunge of
Heavyweight planktons,
Raising the belly of waters
To the consternation of sleeping shores.

Earthdrums sound now and then
In line with hostile rhythms
Of censured bliss.

In the distance, sternutative chorus
From a vainglorious choir, dampens the deep.

A cataplasm for hewn boulders, steal tears.

Beckoning on the soft touch,
(Gaping eyelet of springing metaphors)
Madness yawns for the very first time.