Friday, July 21, 2006

The Bridge Selection

The Bridge Selection: Poems for the road
by Nnorom Azuonye
Eastern Light EPM (2005)

"In The Bridge Selection, Azuonye demonstrates that as a human being and as a poet he is not an emotional coward as he deals with issues of Liberty, Biafra, Love, Nigeria, Death, Exile, Faith and Hope...In most of this work, I feel a melancholy tinged with defiance. Proud of his heritage, yet not uncritical of it, the poet writes passionate dirges, elegies, love verses and lyricised protests against war and violence"
- Uche Nduka (author of Heart's Field)

The Bridge Selection is a ripplng darkling delightful read from a big warm heart to a cold unfeeling world. I've enjoyed doing time in it.
- Austyn Njoku (author of Scents of Dawn)

Nnorom Azuonye looks at the human condition through the prism of Africa, thus using at the same time the eyes of an insider and an outsider...Definitely a disturbing, unforgettable, thought-provoking read.
- New Hope International review by John Francis Haines
(author of Other Places, Other Times)

Nnorom Azuonye’s second poetry collection, A Bridge Selection, is characterized by a passionate intensity which imbues his lines with lyrical tenderness and defiant hope...The poems in A Bridge Selection plumb the depths of varied human emotions traversing different emotional trajectories and planes...Whether writing about war; the American carnage in Iraq, the collateral damage from the war...or about abortion...despair never manages to eclipse hope...
- Toni Kan (author of When A Dream Lingers Too Long)
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