"A few weeks after its release, dispossessed, a collection of poems by James Eze has made it to Barnes & Noble, an American bookseller and a Fortune 1000 company with the largest number of retail outlets in the United States.
The book sells for $11.69.
As of March 7, 2019, the company operates 627 retail stores in all 50 U.S. states.
Barnes & Noble operates mainly through its Barnes & Noble...
Reuben Abati, Fiery Public Intellectual, to serve as Reviewer of ‘dispossessed.'
"One of Nigeria’s best known public intellectuals, Dr Reuben Abati has accepted to serve as the book reviewer at the coming public presentation of ‘dispossessed’ a collection of poems written by James Eze.
Dr Abati, a national merit scholar, First Class honours holder and Vice Chancellor’s Prize winner of the University of Calabar for the student with the Best Overall Academic Performance is an obvious choice for the public presentation of ‘dispossessed,’ a collection of poems...
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"“Looking at a king’s mouth” says Chinua Achebe in Things Fall Apart, “one would think he never sucked at his mother’s breast.” It is hard to imagine that renowned economist and former governor of Central Bank, Prof Chukwuma Soludo is also a poet. Well, in a recent chance encounter, the exceptionally gifted economist revealed that he wrote loads of poems when he was in high school.
I had sidled up to him after an event to present a copy of ‘dispossessed’ to him. “Did you say...
'dispossessed' in more ways than one?
"Dispossession is layered. Sometimes, it is beauty. Sometimes, it is a poem. Most times, it is beautiful poetry.
Find out on 14/12/19.
The Birth Of A Terrible Beauty
"Ever Since I got a signed copy of James Eze’s debut collection of poetry, dispossessed, I’ve been possessed! Poetry can be overwhelming at the best of times such that it becomes a benumbing challenge getting the aesthetic distance to engage in a proper intercourse with the text, as per a review.
Among the cognoscenti, James Eze had already won pips of high recognition within the comity of poets even without having a title in bound covers to his name. Eze is cast in the mode of the...
Uzor Maxim Uzoatu
'dispossessed' speaks to the Nigerian situation
""and you wonder why there's so much darkness at midday
why there's so much frenzy without purpose
a man who steals from his own purse
has swallowed his future
he must walk on broken bottles to recovery."
'dispossessed' speaks to the Nigerian situation....
C Don Adinuba
A Note on ‘dispossessed.’
"dispossessed is a journey through the intricate mind of a poet. It traces the evolution of the voice of the poet and his artistic growth through the three stages of life. It has three distinctive parts representing the three artistic and personal evolutionary stages in the poet’s life—innocence, transgression and atonement.
These stages also speak to the poet’s deep religious belief.
In innocence, we encounter the poet in the early stages of his artistic development.
Okey Ndibe (author of Never Look an American in the Eye)
"“A cynic might ask, what’s the point of poetry in a space as bleak and denuded as Nigeria?
James Eze’s poetry—with its evocative power, original imagery, sensual vitality, and impressive thematic range—more than dispels such cynicism.
This extraordinary collection is an act of restoration, reminding us that art—and poetry, specifically—challenges us to dream and achieve our best humanity.
“dispossessed.” I brims with the kind of poetic harvest that can seduce even...
Helon Habila, poet and novelist. Author of ‘Waiting for Angel,” “Oil on Water” and “Travellers.”
"This is a long awaited collection from one of this generation’s most promising poets; here is promise fulfilled.
Here is what we all want from great poetry: lyricism, captivating imagery, story telling, but above all the ability to rouse the emotions to that sublime plane only great poetry knows how to do.
There are echoes of Okigbo here, and Eliot, and Yeats, and Neruda, but the alchemy and the magic are all James...
Maverick journalist, Mike Jimoh x-rays ‘dispossessed.’
"“Ceremony of innocence” is the theme that threads much of the poems together in “innocence” made abundantly clear from the epigram preceding it: “the tender cotyledon unfurls to light,” Eze writes, “spreading succulent arms wide to sun and rain.”
In “petals & buds,” the very first poem, Eze craves readers indulgence to come with him on the poetic journey he is about to embark on: “listen with me/ to the joyous laughter of petals/and the suppressed grunts of hesitant...