In Celebration of All That Burdens Us
Author: Ségun Ògúntólá
Format: Paperback, 176pp
Publication Date: March, 2006
Publisher: Seaburn Publishing Group
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In Celebration of All that Burdens Us brings together some of the
writings of Ségun Ògúntólá. It is a wondrous collection ranging from the personal
to the societal, the worldly to the spiritual and celebrating matters of
the heart, the pursuit of knowledge. There is pain in it, there is
pleasure in it, and there is knowledge in it.
The collection includes the poignant "The Broken Hearted", and "Blues for
Ségun" (both described by a reviewer as "Fresh and universal, a rare
combo"); the pious "Dusza", and "On a Night Journey, a Scene Witnessed,
Chorus Heard" (homage to the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski,
and Martin Luther King, Jr., respectively); the reflective "The Other
Immigrant"; the otherworldly "The Black hole Days" (an invitation into
the life of a recent immigrant in "glorious" New York City).
Perhaps the star of the collection is the heartening "The Thoughts of a
Man Who Recently Reunited with His Destiny" (penetrating in its insight
into the mind of a cruel man on the verge of redemption).
In Celebration of All that Burdens Us heralds the emergence of a
promising writer, a novel voice.
Ségun Ògúntólá was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He read International
Studies at CUNY. He was a World Affairs Fellow of the Ralph Bunche
Institute on the United Nations. His works have been published in, among
others, Ictus Review, QBR the Black Book Review and the African.
He lives in New York City.
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