river bird, river bird
in your eyes
i see rivers of
pending poems
like silent stories
filling a writer’s head
waiting patiently
for my pen and ink

river bird, minstrel of the springs
i’ll write for you
my air, my water
my longing, my life
wait, do not fly away
till i am done with this poem
till my words coil to you like a spring

river bird, river bird, i’ll write
i’ll write to you, for you
till the rivers in your eyes all run dry



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About the Author:

Portrait - Ehizogie IyeomoanEhi’zogie Iyeomoan is a Nigerian writer. He is an alumnus of King’s College Lagos and the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Statistics. His literary pieces have appeared both online and in print and are forthcoming elsewhere. He is an OSIWA Fellow and a Castello di Duino Scholar. His poetry has received awards from the Korean Cultural Centre Nigeria and the Universiti de Trieste, Italy. He is currently working on a collection of poems inspired by Afropop and Country music. Ehi writes from Hadejia, Jigawa State, where he is currently serving Nigeria as a Youth Corps member.

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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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  1. Ezeani Chucks 2015/11/19 at 12:45 pm #

    Short. Beautiful. Ehi.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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