Crafting raw memories into restrained and compact verse, D. M. Aderibigbe traces the history of domestic and emotional abuse against women in his family. A witnessing son, grandson, nephew, and brother, he rejects the tradition of praise songs for the honored father, refusing to offer tribute to men who dishonor their wives.
Widening his gaze to capture the moral rhythms of life in Lagos, he embraces themes of love, spirituality, poverty, compassion, sickness, and death. Aderibigbe offers both an extended elegy for his mother and poems addressed to children of the African continent, poems that speak to the past that has made them.
About the Author:
D.M. Aderibigbe’s first book, How the End First Showed was selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil for the 2018 Brittingham Prize in Poetry and is forthcoming from The University of Wisconsin Press, Fall 2018. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The Poetry Review, jubilat, World Literature Today, New American Writing, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. He’s received fellowships from The James Merrill House, Banff, OMI International Arts Center, Ucross Foundation, Jentel Foundation and Boston University where he received his MFA in Creative Writing as a BU fellow, and also received a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. He is currently a PhD student at Florida State University, Tallahassee.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.