Soliloquy with the Ghosts in Nile explores the role of silence in a time of war.
The war Hussain Ahmed accounts here is both physical and psychological, and the survivor within these poems uses his voice as a way to tell the stories of those who were lost. The experimental poems track grief as it extends from the personal “I” to a larger community that grapples to find connections with places that are no longer in existence. These are poems that must resist the danger of fear in order to ensure that the victims are not forgotten, resulting in a powerful result is a collection of survival stories that insist on being told.
Hussain Ahmedis a Nigerian poet, translator, and environmentalist. He received a 2021 Barry and Susan Hannah award from the University of Mississippi where he is an MFA candidate in poetry. He is the author of a chapbook “Harp in a Fireplace.”