Some­thing for the lon­ers

CityPress - - T# - Saraba

Nige­rian lit­er­ary pub­li­ca­tion mag­a­zine has dubbed its new­est edi­tion The Soli­tude Is­sue. Its tim­ing is spot-on as con­tem­po­rary African lit­er­a­ture has been head­ing to­wards the theme of soli­tude and loneliness in its sub­ject mat­ter.

The 40-page col­lec­tion fea­tures poems from some of Africa’s promis­ing writ­ing tal­ents as they grap­ple with dif­fer­ent phases of be­ing on one’s own – from sep­a­rat­ing from a ro­man­tic part­ner, to a search for soli­tude that leads to a stint in a men­tal in­sti­tu­tion and the broader ex­is­ten­tial ques­tion of what it means to be alone.

It also in­cludes short story con­tri­bu­tions by Efe Paul, Iquo Eke, Ade­bola Rayo and Dare Falowo, and a non­fic­tion piece by Arthur Anyaduba.

– Gugulethu Mh­lungu

Read the poems and es­says at saraba­mag.com/the-soli­tude-is­sue

LONELY AFRICA

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