Chukuemeka Akpe

Rookie (January 02,1962 / Lagos, Nigeria)

Biography of Chukuemeka Akpe

I started writing poems in 2003. My first poem was 'August 24' written in memory of my brother who passed away on that day in 1999.

Writing, I have found, is a soothing balm against the unrelenting aches and pains that society subjects you to daily. It gives a voice where muteness is foisted on you.

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Militrocracy

Quadrennial rituals
of avowals and disavowals
all too soon forgotten.

This clime
is a placid observer
of the endless parades of recycled faces

attired in costumes

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