Tonye WilliePepple

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Biography of Tonye WilliePepple

Tonye Willie-Pepple is an Ijaw from Bonny Island of Rivers State, Nigeria, he studied Computer Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, His poems have appeared in Sentinel, Poetry Foundation Ghana and Kalahari Review, He writes poetry, Drama and Short Stories, In 2012 he was short-listed for the Orange Crush Prize for Poetry and in 2013 he won the PEN Nigeria/Saraba Prize for Poetry, He lives in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria where he co-ordinates the Local chapter of The Society of Young Nigerian Writers.

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The Old Riverbank

There was a certain year
when oyster-shells massaged
founding feet
pacing the old riverbank

In that year, as well,
peppered oyster meat
filled hungry flesh-graves,
nurturing their darkened skins

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