To Heliodor from Przemysl: “You write, ‘I know my poems have many faults, but so what, I’m not going to stop and fix them.’ And why is that, oh Heliodor? Perhaps because you hold poetry so sacred? Or maybe you consider it insignificant? Both ways of treating poetry are mistaken, and what’s worse, they free the novice poet from the necessity of working on his verses. It’s pleasant and rewarding to tell our acquaintances that the bardic spirit seized us on Friday at 2:45 p.m. and began whispering mysterious secrets in our ear with such ardor that we scarcely had time to take...

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Cerebrations and Commentaries

Get a life

There is only one life, and this one is not a rehearsal for another.If people realise this, I think there will be less greed in the world today and more people chasing wholesome personal dreams rather than the expectation of other people. It seem though that there are too many people chasing the...

Libya's broken windows

In those days when we used to play backyard Cricket, things like this often happened. Sooner or later someone gets overzealous with their swing, knocks the ball too far and breaks a window . So we hastily hand the bat and ball to the owner, and disappear ; making the poor fellow to face the...

Tie da ?

I thought they had all been killed but I was wrong. I still found one of them a few days ago shimmying along the road with thick black smoke coming out of the exhaust.
Ibadan is an ancient town; a place that completely defies change and the perfect place for cogitative pursuits. This town...

Police and thieves

It is often very easy to stereotype felons and policemen in novels, but in real life the distinction as we know is never always true. There I think, are very many reasons for writers to maintain this stereotyping, the primary being to give the societal acceptable moral endings to a story ,...

Bandits : Franklin Quits

This is a priceless extract from the concluding chapter of the novel "Bandits' by Elmore Leonard. His books tend to be violent , but quite mature . His is an example of what I consider well-balanced writing. Enjoy :

Franklin the hired Nicaraguan gunman goes to visit his boss Dagoberto...

Reckonings.. (What I learned tonight from DeBang and TwoFace)

As I am writing this I am sitting in a quite uncomfortable posture ; torn as usual between multiple tasks. My life has been taken over by this penchant for multi-tasking , though often to disastrous result. Twice banned from using the swimming baths at Hackney, and advised against operating a...

Noise

"I am sorry , I can't come to church anymore", I had told the pastor.
For a minute he seemed very confused . My attendance had indeed dropped for several weeks and this had been a home visit to check what was happening to my spiritual life.
"Why not Bro ? Do you have any challenges...

The law - ass or tyrant ?

Is the law really an ass ? I doubt it. I think it is more a tool of tyranny. It is the people who burden the law with their own selfish pursuits who want us to have us accept the image of an impartially obedient beast. In fact, as many events around the world has confirmed in the past few...

New publishing opportunities for writers worldwide

The Lagos Literary and Arts Journal is an upcoming opportunity that I have satisfactorily used in the past and will recommend to new and established writers. It actually publishes all kind of writing and in a very innovative way and I can see it growing even bigger in years to come. here is a...

..and the demons fell upon Blighty

I have always ever thought that the London Metropolitan police does not have a heart nor a soul, only a checklist and a fist or feather to apply to a situation as it arises. But if you have lived in London for a considerable length of time it would have eventually occurred to you that this...

Conversation with 4 goats - plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Feeling in the mood for something unusual, I had on this particular afternoon decided to travel a bit for lunch at this new restaurant I had just discovered on the other side of town. Thus resolved, I hailed a taxi . Much of the trip was quite uneventful except for the terrible blast of fuji...

War begets war

You cannot go out fighting an immoral war and expect to have peace at home.

Not dead yet

What doesn't kill you, will probably make you able to run a lot faster.

The Jos Plateau Indigobird - [Wildlife under watch]

The Jos Plateau Indigobird (Vidua maryae) is endemic to Nigeria. Its natural habitats are dry woodland and shrubland in rocky areas. It is threatened by habitat loss as much of its range is converted to agriculture.
It is a small , black finch with a pale bill. Nuptial plumage male has...

The Niger Delta Red Colobus - [Wildlife under watch]

The Niger Delta Red Colobus (Procolobus epieni) is a species of colobus monkey. The Niger Delta red colobus is black on top from the head to the rump, becoming orange-brown on the sides and outer legs. The undersides and inner legs, and most of the arms are white. The hands and feet are black....

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