A Reign of Locusts, Poems

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Ushie Joe: A Reign of Locusts, Poems (Ibadan: Kraftbooks, 2004)

Ushie’s poetry presents a new voice with modulations that vibrate with creative freshness … a young poet of incalculable promise. Ime Ikiddeh Professor of English and Dean, Postgraduate School University of Uyo
Joe Ushie’s work is metaphorically and linguistically cunning…
Stewart Brown Centre for West African Studies University of Birmingham, UK
Honoured recently by the Cross River State Government for outstanding contribution to Literature and Culture, Joe Ushie was born at Akorshi, Bendi in Obanliku LGA of Cross River State, and teaches at the Department of English, University of Uyo, Nigeria. He is the author of Popular Stand (1992), Lambs at the Shrine (Kraft, 1995), Eclipse in Rwanda (Kraft, 1998) and Hill Songs

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CONTENTS

TOWARD CANAAN
The african bermuda
Night, still
Musa’s legacy
Ladder
A reign of locusts
The termitarium
Homage to the dragon
Clifford
Homo sappers
The uniform
Song of the thief
Mobile caskets
The exchange
Seasons
lf i weep
Black box
My head
Tap root
I own here
The seed
Shackles
Our laugh will change

BACK TO THE HILLS AND VALES
Soul of the earth
Let me be
Angbeb-ishang
Cradle echoes
Let us share
Cycles
The lure
Itse igiang lefe

VOICES AND MOODS OF THE SILENT WILD AND OTHER DEEP MATTERS
Rain season
Particle
Tongues
Time
Sleep
The silk cotton tree
Monuments
Akpan essien area
Masks
Tussle
Congo music 1
Season of flower
Cell
Goddess
June

RETURNS
Mother’s mortar
Amauche amangbo
Sad
Dad’s
Dark hour
The bond
Sailing to silence

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Joseph Akawu Ushie is a Professor of General Stylistics and Literary criticism at University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Nigeria.
He is the current Vice-Dean, Postgraduate School, University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. He was born at Akorshi, Bendi, the hilly Obanliku Local Government Area (which houses Nigeria’s foremost tourist attraction, the Obudu Cattle Ranch) of Cross River State, and he attended St. Peter’s Primary School, Bendi, Government Secondary School, Obudu, and the University of Calabar, Calabar, where he studied English and Literary studies, and was the Secretary-General, Student Union Government in 1980-81 session. He subsequently obtained the M. A. (1988) and PhD (2001) in English from Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan. Professor Ushie had served as Head, Department of English, and on several boards and committees in the University of Uyo. He had also been Chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Judge, ANA national literary competitions (2009 – 2010), Juror of the Canada-based International Poetry Competition (2017) and a Co-Editor, Montreal 2017 Global Poetry Anthology.

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