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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.

 
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 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
 As the egret is in the far EastAs the egret is in the far East by Shola Balogun
Do not think to be old and to be beautifulIs not earthly, nor truthful;As the egret is in the far east,So are you a symbol of profound beautyUpon whom even the eyes of the gods
 Tell this to your sonTell this to your son by Shola Balogun
And when I am gone,Remember how I wished you tell this to your sonThat he should read not my linesAs the blasphemers study the stars for signs,Nor count this te
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 Letter Sealed with a RoseLetter Sealed with a Rose by Shola Balogun
 Poetry of Your EyesPoetry of Your Eyes by Shola Balogun
 Wipe your TearsWipe your Tears by Shola Balogun
Wipe your TearsChild, let your eyelids gleamLike a
 To 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
 Crusoe 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
 In 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
 Bethlehem Songs by Shola Balogun
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