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Poetry. African & African American Studies. In his engrossing collection, poet Logan February documents and interrogates grief, and God, and examines what it is to be on the outside, even in the family setting—the reality of having a queer identity in the African world. In this volume, eroticism and manic depression are navigated alone. Some of the poems use a mannequin as a projective tool to dissect self hood, histories, and family connections in the aftermath of a fundamental bereavement. February additionally explores religious concepts to further mythologize the self, collecting Buddhist philosophies and Yoruba proverbs and myths, and putting them adjacent to the toxic tenets of Pentecostal Christianity, which is widespread in Nigeria. In the vein of confessional poetry, the narrative takes its pride in exposing the elements which are deemed taboo and advised to be hidden away. The poems are equally fearful and raunchy, tender and defiant, morose and youthful.
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Logan February is a Nigerian poet and a book reviewer. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Washington Square Review, The Adroit Journal, Vinyl, Tinderbox, The Bind, Raleigh Review, and more. He is a Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee, and his first full length manuscript, MANNEQUIN IN THE NUDE, was a finalist for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. He is the author of How to Cook a Ghost (Glass Poetry Press, 2017), Painted Blue with Saltwater (Indolent Books, 2018) & MANNEQUIN IN THE NUDE (PANK Books, 2019).Author City: IBADAN NGR