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Clinical Blues

Clinical Blues is a moveable feasts of ideas, recollections, aspirations and apparition of desire in the collective consciousness of new Africa.
Shortlisted for the 2012 Melita Hume Prize in manuscript form, it has been shortlisted for the 2015 ANA Prize for Poetry.

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Clinical Blues is a moveable feast of ideas, recollections, aspirations and apparitions of desire in the collective but submerged consciousness of the new Africa. Dami Ajayi, on the basis of this collection follows in a great tradition of medical doctors who were writers, and is also able to catch the inflections of Anglo-American modernisms – his poems resonate with Eliot’s arch wit and startling images and phrasing. At times lyrical, at times satirical, this is poetry of vision, humanity, and genuine literary value. Lines and observations lift free of essays on housewives, on God, on love, on the medical clinic. This is a book everyone interested in emerging African voices should own. “Dami Ajayi, on the basis of this collection, is surely one of the key Nigerian poets of his generation. He follows in a great tradition of medical doctors who were writers, and is also able to catch the inflections of Anglo-American modernisms – his poems resonate with Eliot’s arch wit and startling images and phrasing. At times lyrical, at times satirical, this is poetry of vision, humanity, and genuine literary value. Lines and observations lift free of essays on housewives, on God, on love, on the medical clinic. In exploring love through the lens of tropes of illness, the poet wields a clever, original scalpel to earlier traditions. He is a poet of promise, and while not every poem here is the equal of the masterful title poem, this is still a book everyone interested in emerging African voices should own.

Weight 153.087 g
Dimensions 130 × 199 × 5.1 mm
Author

Dami Ajayi

Publisher

WriteHouse