Every so often one encounters poems that speak to the wrath of memory. OUmar Farouk Sesay catalogues the bitter sinkers of his pain. From bone to blood, verse after verse, the collection mesmerises with a healing balm.Gbanabom HallowellFarouk’s collection of a hundred poems exudes overwhelming certainty, transience, resilience, lost moments, direful circumstances, the African plight, inspiration, national identity and cohesion, deep longing, celebration amongst others. This collection like the others “Salute to the Peasants”, “The Edge of a Cry” and “Broken Metaphor” are sure to rock and will continue to cement Farouk’s status as one of the foremost Sierra Leonean poets of the 21st Century.
Nyamacoro was inspired to start writing poetry and short stories after returning to Sierra Leone. The beauty of her homeland inspired poems such as Tropical Rain and A continent of contrasts. She yearns to return home during the Winter months and has chosen the Title of ‘When the Nightingale Sings’ as an appropriate recognition of her dreams.