If one prods the origins of most great works of art, one will find they were created to exorcise or archive a memory. Okigbo does the latter for Kepkanly, a school teacher. Adichie, it can be argued, wrote Half of a Yellow Sun (at least in part) to re-exorcise the collective tribal memory of the war. In Agbowó’s next issue we are seeking works that interrogate the theme “Memory”. And while we expect to receive poems written in memory of people, pets, landscapes and ideas, we hope submitters can go beyond merely interpreting this as a call for memoirs.
We want essays interrogating childhood, its mechanisms of fragmenting memories and instances where you have toiled to fill the gaps. We want poems articulating your earliest memories. We want stories in which mis-rememberings drive the plot in maddening directions. We are also keenly aware of the creative fertile ground of sacred, sensitive and repressed memories. And while the editorial team cannot promise that you will find catharsis at the final full-stop or the final brush-stroke or the final shutter closure, you will have created art.
As is our editorial custom, we are seeking not only submissions from literary artists but from visual artists as well. Dig out those old photographs, revisit locations and objects that hold immense meaning to you, and “Click!”. Put your brush against the canvas and recollect the dreams that you can.
We cannot wait to read/see your work and curate another exquisite issue of Agbowó.
Submissions should be sent, as MS Word attachments or high-resolution images, accompanied by a short bio to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual arts/photography submissions respectively. The subject line of the email should read “Submission for Memory Issue”.
Please submit no more than 3 poems, 1 short-story or essay, or 5 photographs for consideration.
The deadline for submissions is the 31st of March, 2020.