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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Sots Of Sorts

Vagrants
filing out of night shelters
converge at sheds all over town
to imbibe morning elixirs,
night tales exchanged with raucous laughter.
Now inured to shame,
amble along to collect day’s takings.


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