Nomad – by Romeo Oriogun


Status: Pre-Order

Genre: Poetry

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 978-978-575-67-3-9

Pub Date: December 2021


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“Romeo Oriogun’s poetry explores alterity and displacement – of location, of intimate physical spaces, of color/race, the remnant music of Caliban. He does this with a deft hand and an instinctive feel for the cadences of the lyric.”
– Niran Okewole, author Logarhythms and The Hate Artist

“Oriogun combines the exploratory intensity of travel poetry with the confessional fidelity of a memoir to paint the journey of a curious child sculpting his truth into questing words across strange and known terrains. The result is a deeply attentive work brimming with wisdom and a power of observation. An authentic voice, questing for home.”

– Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, author Edwardsville by Heart

“A clear-eyed journey through the wreckages of history, Nomad is a song at every border, a lyrical rendering of movement and loneliness that presses into hope. Oriogun is a poet of prodigious talent.”

– Efe Paul Azino, director, Lagos International Poetry Festival

“The weight of a country/will always be too heavy to leave in a strange park?” Romeo writes. This type of illuminating and elegant lines are numerous in this collection. Romeo is a delightful poet who reminds us of why we fell in love with his poetry in the first place. We meet sorrow on the verge of beauty in his poetry, and we are given the option of emerging transformed after reading his poems. This collection establishes him as a discerning poet, conjuring up images that converge universal memories of exile from ordinary lives, reminding us that poetry can be found anywhere and that we can be a part of its unfolding.

– Jumoke Verissimo, award winning poet and author of I am memory and The Birth of illusion.

Romeo Oriogun is the author of Sacrament of Bodies, which was a finalist for the Lambda Award for Gay Poetry. He has received fellowships and support from Ebedi International Writers Residency, Harvard University, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Oregon Institute for Creative Research, and the IIE- Artist Protection Fund. Winner of the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and an alumnus of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he currently lives in Ames where he is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Iowa State University.


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