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Shola Balogun

Shola Balogun

Shola Balogun, playwright, poet and writer whose creative Muse is the Mystic ladder of Yoruba world and Judeo-Christian thoughts, is from Yoruba,southwestern Nigeria. He received his Masters Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, specializing in Literary and Dramatic Criticism.
He was the winner of the First Educare Trust’s Olaudah Equiano Poetry Prize (2002) and the Festival of Peace Poetry Award (2005) organized by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. He is the author of a collection of poetry, The Cornwoman of Jurare and Other Poems (2007). His books The Wrestling of Jacob, Praying Dangerously: the Cry of Blind Bartimaeus, and Death and Suicide In Selected African Plays, are available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Shola-Balogun/e/B00LPRQU10 and select bookstores. His play, Egue Eghae, is ready for the stage. Shola Balogun also writes stories for children. His Yoruba background and encounter at the age of 21 with the poetry of John Donne and William Shakespeare influenced his creative writing.

 CrusoeCrusoe by Shola Balogun
CrusoeI ride on the waves of their lies and tell how vicious men master vain manners for a piece of unhallowed bread.I ride on the waves of their rumours and belch at the ridiculous riddles of
 DabiraDabira by Shola Balogun
Dábírà,Your name has in it the duetof sublime harmony,captivating solos of serenemotions,of mel
 To a Friend Who Died in the SwampTo a Friend Who Died in the Swamp by Shola Balogun
To a Friend Who Died in the SwampRivers meet in my eyes for you.Transfixed on the veiled Mound of the swamp, Lone Beholder of unsteady opera On rotten marble, You s
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 Metaphor of My WastelandMetaphor of My Wasteland by Shola Balogun
The chorale of the balladist in the Akropolis is the metaphor of my wasteland.There is communion in the silence of the millstones and in the dimness of the eyes.There is union in the absence of songsa
 Nok FigurineNok Figurine by Shola Balogun
Nok FigurineThe ocean in your eyes,In its depth
 In the SlumIn the Slum by Shola Balogun
In the SlumDeep down in the slum,There is more sacred baptism in silent doctrines.Invading fears are ripen nightmares.They keep you bellow the pool of debris to keep you a
 Wipe your TearsWipe your Tears by Shola Balogun
Wipe your TearsChild, let your eyelids gleamLike a
 Poetry of Your EyesPoetry of Your Eyes by Shola Balogun
 Writing For The Stage and Screen: The Creative ApproachWriting For The Stage and Screen: The Creative Approach by Shola Balogun
Preamble In “Writing For The Stage and Screen: The Creative Approach”, we intend to present a practical how-to guide with personal knowledge acquired from the theatre
 At the GraveyardAt the Graveyard by Shola Balogun
After you might have killed me tooThen your child would ask this of you,How is it that he knew not his sin,What he did and that which you have seen?Why is it that you still pond
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