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The Bridge Selection: Poems for the Road Paperback – 17 Nov 2012

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  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: SPM Publications; Second Edition edition (17 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956810144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956810144
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,822,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nnorom Azuonye's hometown is Isuikwuato, Abia State of Nigeria. He was born at Enugu on July 12, 1967 during the Nigeria-Biafra war. He grew up in Nigeria and studied there and in the United Kingdom.

A trained Dramatic Artist and advertising professional, Azuonye founded the Sentinel Poetry Movement in December 2002. He serves as Administrator of Sentinel Poetry Movement and as Publishing Director, SPM Publications - book and magazine publishers. SPM magazine titles include Sentinel Literary Quarterly and Sentinel Nigeria.

Azuonye's published books include Letter to God & Other Poems, The Bridge Selection: Poems for the Road, Blue Hyacinths (ed. with Geoff Stevens), and Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology (2011). His forthcoming books are Funeral of the Minstrel (a play), This Thing Called Black (a play), The Magenta Shadow (a collection of short stories) and Riding the Quicksand (a novel)


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About the Author

Nnorom Azuonye is a poet, fiction writer, dramatist, literary editor and publisher. A widely published poet, short story writer, essayist and interviewer, he is the Chief Executive Officer, Sentinel Writing & Publishing Company Ltd owners of the imprints SPM Publications and Okolosi Books. Azuonye is the author of 'Letter to God & Other Poems' and 'Funeral of the Minstrel' (a play). He has also co-edited the anthologies 'Blue Hyacinths' and 'Sentinel Annual Lierature Anthology'. He lives in London, UK, with his wife, sons and daughter.

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By Mandy Pannett on 14 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
These poems consider many themes, some light and tongue in cheek, others dark and grim. Underlying them, sometimes even the most hard hitting, is a sense of optimism and an on-going joy and delight in life and love and all the nuances and richness of language. `Amaryllis' is a fine example of this with the opening line `I celebrate you, precious gift' and the whole poem is scattered with words like blissful, joyful and miracle.

There is humour too, especially in the love poems, a lightness of touch and pleasure in the quirkiness of things. In `No Love Song For My Loveress' (a twist of language even in a title) the poet says `Memories! They will make a songwriter of me.' He depicts his muse and the gods as demanding `perfect brew sonnets' and declares he hates Shakespeare for being a better writer of love poems. He then introduces his own perfect comparison `Shall I compare you then to fresh pumpkin leaves/dancing to the song of a rainy season breeze?' There is much laughter in these poems and a limitless energy. `The Gift' concludes with these lines: `Now you are all mine to keep, elegant gazelle/eyes glint by the night fire at our picnic. We cut/a hole in the world, step out into ours/the air stretched taut with desire/we roll in the sand like joyful canines/ ... Then laughter./So much laughter that our sides hurt./What are we high on?'

As I read these poems I am increasingly aware of a sense of honouring, of giving homage and benediction. Many of them are praise poems. `Amaryllis' ends with these words `You have healed me, and covered me/in your costliest marabou. I will honour you/with my faith through seasons green or grey.' `Isuikwuato II' is like a litany with the anaphora `This Village/My Village' and the lines `This is where I wish to be when I grow old.
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