Poetry Corner: Nigerian Poet Christopher Okigbo’s Love Apart

9781592216154So I purchased a copy of Christopher Okigbo’s Labyrinths With Path of Thunder because I wanted to learn about his work and also because I met a member of his family (his niece), the other day and so I felt awed and inspired to learn about a man so many people have described as “an enigmatic figure in African poetry.” Just a brief bio, Christopher Okigbo is a Nigerian poet whose work has influenced many people, including poets all over the world. Though his life was caught short with the Biafran War in July 1967, his poetry lives on and I wanted to start by sharing some of his moving pieces to people who may not know about him or his poetry. Why, because he left only his words, which I believe are historical testaments for the world to remember him by. His words leave traces of a movement that many people, including young Nigerians should never forget and I hope we can all learn from this major voice and his significant contribution to African Poetry.

Love Apart by Christopher Okigbo

The moon has ascended between us,
Between two pines
That bow to each other;

Love with the moon has ascended,
Has fed on our solitary stems;

And we are now shadows
That cling to each other,
But kiss the air only.


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