Sometimes I Too Am a River By Kunle Okesipe


    Kunle Okesipe’s Sometimes I Too Am a River is a luminous collection of poems that beats with a furious heart. The poet unsparingly spins out the beautiful and bloody webs we call home: “In certain republics poets are traffickers of flowers.” Twisting out from beneath the grip of both the colonial and postcolonial, these poems roam across time and space to explode the white gaze and throw it back like a grenade. An audacious and gifted stylist, Okesipe puts himself in conversation with a myriad of texts, histories, myths, thinkers, and musicians, in ways playful but devastating, global in scope but intimate in tone. These poems are wry, knowing and beautifully sculpted. This book is a gift.

    -Mary Helen Specht

    Author of Migratory Animals and Winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Best Fiction Award

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