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Child of my Mother captures the yearnings of the human soul, and stirs up emotions that could be shared by anyone. It adopts a confrontational approach to multiples of themes. Familial warmth threads its way through the poems, forming a centre that seeks to hold together man’s universal family, which includes nature. Child of My Mother adopts Igbo communal and all-inclusive perspective. These interactions entice the reader to participate in the experiences explored. They mirror the concerns of the immediate and global community, including: migrant crises, climate change, terrorism and reverberating themes of abuse. Its confrontational tone provokes a tumult of emotions and ensures that something uncoils inside of the reader. Child of My Mother quarries from the abundant imagery of the Igbo cosmology. It harvests as much from personal experiences as from images from the rich Igbo cosmology to say what must be said. Some of the poems in Child of My Mother echo older Nigerian poets.

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