The Splendors of dawn poetry competition sponsored by CITAD with support from MacArthur Foundation on anti corruption – September edition was quite tough one. It was based on Accounting for Nigerian Lives which raised a lot of questions and expressions expressed through the various entries (poems and short stories).
“In every war there’s always a defeater”. The judge of the competition -Efe Paul Azino- popular know as one the prolific poets in Nigeria did a wonderful job, which we also commend him for such energetic effort.
The winner of the September edition, Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto really put a lot craft in his work, a much congratulations to him.
Details of winner below:
Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto (@ChinuaEzenwa) is from Owerri-Nkworji in Nkwerre, Imo state, Nigeria and grew up between Germany and Nigeria. Some of his works have appeared in Lunaris Review, AFREADA, Rush Magazine, Kalahari Review, Palette, Knicknackery, Praxismagazine, Bakwa Magazine, Strange Horizons, One, Ake Review, Crannòg magazine and elsewhere.
Brothers in Arms: This is not an Xbox Stimulation
I think I’ve worshipped all my fears enough.
And I wonder why people, here and there, carry a constellation of darkness.
The same moon reflecting here, reflects there and anywhere else.
History has clawed us into vineyard ribbons
& I keep having dreams where people’re ripped into bits.
But here I am. Here we are: shimmering skins.
Once neighbours. Now strangers.
I mean: on seeing one another something breaks.
So I plead: by our different prayers, different shades
let’s soften our bodies with our sweats in love.