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Country as Khaos | Ayokunle Falomo

Country as Khaos | Ayokunle Falomo

Who created Nigeria? Almighty God or Lord Lugard?

— @henryshield

at the beginning there was

you—vast & unbounded,

without form, though not
for long: for the hands of

the lord formed you into
what he saw fitting, you

a mystery he could not a-

void & oh when he beheld

the work of his hands, did

he see, then, the void you

were & would become?

Ayokunle Falomo

AYOKUNLE FALOMO is Nigerian, American, a TEDx speaker, and the author of African, American (New Delta Review, 2019) and two self-published collections: KIN.DREAD (2017) and thread, this wordweaver must! (2014). His work has been anthologized and published in print and online publications, including The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media, Write About Now, Michigan Quarterly Review, Glass Mountain, Berkeley Poetry Review, Santa Fe Writers Project, and The Texas Review. A recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and MacDowell, his poems have been selected as finalists or winners for Fourteen Hills Press’ Stacy Doris Memorial Award, Flypaper Magazine‘s Music Poetry Contest, The OffBeat‘s Poetry Contest, and Nimrod Journal‘s The Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Houston, a Specialist in School Psychology degree from Sam Houston State University and is currently an MFA (Poetry) student at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program.

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