Clinical blues

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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.

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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.? – Todd Swift, British-Canadian Poet ?Ajayi effectively works the unity of his two disciplines into his writing, deploying metaphors sometimes as stethoscopes or scalpels. An exciting new poet to watch and support.? -Afam Akeh, Author of Letter Home and Biafran Nights ?Clinical Blues is part Jazz, part Highlife, part Afrobeat.? -Niran Okewole, Author of Logarhythms ?Dami Ajayi is a poet.? -Jumoke Verissimo, Author of I Am Memory ?The poetry that defines a generation is made in the thick of things. Dami Ajayi presents the world with the very essence of his generation. It is a moveable feast of ideas, recollections, aspirations and apparitions of desire in the collective but submerged consciousness of the new Africa. Ajayi has written the sine qua non of his times as Fela Kuti sang of his own.? – Tade Ipadeola, Author of The Sahara Testaments and President, PEN Nigeria Centre. ?A crisp new voice with an old soul. Dami Ajayi’s poetry enchants.? -Lola Shoneyin, Author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives ?Beware of poets who moonlight as Medical Doctors. It?s a terrible mix, there is ample evidence to that effect if you engage Dami Ajayi in conversation. He employs strange metaphors in describing the human anatomy, assumes society can be put in a test-tube and analyzed, and he?s a hopeless romantic. Thankfully though, it is a terrible mix that produces a fantastic cocktail of poetry. Dami Ajayi?s debut runs the risk of being labelled a classic.? -Ayodele Arigbabu, winner of the 2001 Liberty Bank Prize for Short Stories

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