Titilope Sonuga’s poetry collection This Is How We Disappear was published by Write Bloody North on April 26, 2019.
Titilope Sonuga is an award-winning poet, writer, and performer who has been on stages across Nigeria and internationally. She was the winner of the 2011 Canadian Authors’ Association Emerging Writer Award for her first collection of poems, Down To Earth. Her spoken word album Mother Tongue was released in 2013 followed by a second collection of poetry, Abscess, in 2014.
Titilope, who we first heard perform at the Ake Festival in 2016, has a new poetry collection published by Canadian outfit Write Bloody North. The collection takes its title from the poem This Is How We Disappear which has been received very well whenever she has performed it on stages around the world. Here is the poem being performed;
The new collection has the following blurb;
This Is How We Disappear is at once an exploration of the physical and emotional disappearance of women and a celebration of the magic of shapeshifting as an act of survival too.
The poems sit in conversation with each other in a way that highlights how women survive and thrive in spite of the obstacles often stacked against them.
The collection is about our small and large acts of resistance, how we choose life, how we are the architects of our own joy even in the face of death.
Nigerian author and publisher Chris Abani says of the new book, “In This Is How We Disappear, Titilope Sonuga moves deftly from narrative to lyric, from melancholy to a fierce joy, from ethical negotiations to fierce resistance, from exploration of gender and power, and family intimacies, to small yet poignant and often startling moments of lucidity, all set to the unique music of her style and language. Strong, important and moving.”