This is a collection of poems. It is divided into 5 sections: 1. Scum 2. Sordid 3. Soothe 4. TO 5. Sooth It deals with global issues and events, and brought to the fore the developments and troubles in our world today. It celebrates Toronto, the city in Canada that opens its doors to everyone from around the world, and with a rich multicultural landscape and inclusion.
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ABOUT THE POET Babs Ajayi, Jnr. is a human resources professional and poet (his alter ego a social commentator, columnist, and writer), attended the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria from 1982 to 1985. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, following up with a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria in 1988. C. E. Eckersley s Brighter Grammar series were stuffed down his throat at an early age by his mother, Esiwuade, a teacher and no-nonsense disciplinarian. Babs taught English at the Lagos State School of Basic Studies between 1986 and 1987 before joining the Staff Development Centre at the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission in late 1987 as a Training Officer. He later moved to Price Waterhouse in 1993 and left in June 1997 to start a human resources consulting practice. He worked briefly as Human Resources Manager at Omega bank from 1999 to 2000 when he relocated to Canada at the height of the political logjam that set Nigeria back. Finding his voice early, he wrote some stories and poems as a student at Ibadan Boys High School. He was the winner of both the Jaycee s University Essay Prize and the Christopher Okigbo Poetry Prize at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan in 1985. He is currently a blended learning professional with the Public Service of Canada.Review:
This collection of poems explores the scum, the sordid and soothe that dominate the world. Some of the poems in this collection deal with greed, selfishness and wickedness in man. Tijuana and Did I not tell You? present the brute force the only language spoken by those bearing and believing in guns with which lives are destroyed, people killed and raw wickedness put on display. The Princes of Baghdad and The King of Baghdad demonstrate the fragile nature of power and how quick things change. A ruler unexpectedly lost his kingdom, his palaces and his power. He lost his smile and his sycophants, too. Fear, despair and desperation became his constant companions. His princes were no better and their pasts caught up with them. In sha Allah tells the story of grand deceit, betrayal and destruction. A sit-tight monster threw a nation into chaos and the words impasse, logjam and mandate became clichés in the land. Our Bishop who preaches the Dollar is a reaction to the corruption, deceit, deception, greed, lies, and disservice to righteousness taking place in most Nigerian churches. The willingness of the church leadership to worship at the feet of lowlifes, crooks and prostitutes as long as their offerings are big and tithes good is a new low. The truth has no place; the rich is worshiped and his wishes are the bishop s command. Bondage is the result of a truth-adverse, wealth-worshippin church. Toronto is a very fascinating and multicultural city. Toronto receives thousands of new immigrants from around the world every year. Toronto became my home and my love for the city has grown ever since I settled here in 2000. The Toronto (TO, we often affectionately call the city) poems introduce the city of Toronto, explores its beauty, its weather, diversity, and the trophies of tender love and spare smiles it offers. Within months of my departure from Nigeria, my dear Uncle Bola Ige, the nation s attorney general and minister of justice at the time was killed in his own home in the city of Ibadan. His murder quickly hastened the demise of his wife, Justice Atinuke Ige, who got very frustrated and disillusioned by the wishy-washy way the agents of the federal government of Nigeria deliberately muddled up the investigation and prosecution of the murder of her husband. Uncle Bola Ige will be missed by thousands who weekly thronged his home to seek assistance to resolve problems or ask for his intervention in matters of injustice, abuse, denials of school admission despite good scores, unjustified sack, loss of land to a powerful man, and many other ills that are prevalent in Nigeria. It was Uncle Bola Ige who pleaded with me not to leave Nigeria. He was very unhappy that young professionals and some of Nigeria s best and brightest are being forced to relocate overseas by a terrible national leadership, abusive military government and the political logjam created by a reckless, self-appointed president. The murder of Uncle Bola Ige extended to the period of dark days as the coup of Ibrahim Babangida marked the beginning of that evil period. In sha Allah, the dark days are behind us. Hopefully, we can move from slow steps and go-slow to begin going steady. --Author
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Book Description Concept Publications, 2009. Book Condition: Good. First. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96494576