Ojo Taiye is a young Nigerian who uses poetry as a handy tool to hide his frustration with the society. He has some of his muddled thoughts published and forthcoming in a few e-magazine such as Grey Sparrow, Bindweed Magazine, whispersinthewind33, and elsewhere.
how to spell schizophrenia
each time i smell blood stains in my sleep
my sister's name falls out like seeds breaking
free from the earth
my sister's body is a tree house —
with two people trapped inside:
a rabid dog and an apparition
who speaks accented glossolalia
her head becomes a sieve
for memories —
each time i smell blood stains
in my clothes and everything
I am fascinated by mental illnesses, and having seen my own acquaintance (actually secondary school children) during my service year in Ikpayongo, Benue State — a sort of ongoing journey — I was trying to invent ways that could help me write about how one girl-child is dealing with it.
Glass: A Journal of Poetry is published monthly by Glass Poetry Press.
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