Gboyega Odubanjo


The debut collection of poetry by Gboyega Odubanjo.

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ISBN: 9780571390403 Category: Tags: ,


‘On 21 September 2001, the torso of a black boy was discovered in the River Thames, near Tower Bridge in central London, clothed only in an orange pair of girls’ shorts. Given the name “Adam” by police officers, the unidentified boy was between four and eight years old. What comes next cannot without a story of water and offering. The sun shines and we gather because the river allows it. Na from clap dem dey enter dance. We enter with, and as, Adam.’ – Gboyega Odubanjo

Haunted by the discovery of the remains of a young Black boy in the River Thames in London, 2001, Gboyega Odubanjo’s Adam builds from the Genesis myth and from Yoruba culture to examine with an unflinching eye the disappearance of a child and its implication for all Black lives, and for the society in which we live.

Here is a heavy, mystical, humorous and lyrical Black British voice that will live forever. — Raymond Antrobus

Adam is a watery chorus, spirited and kinetic. These poems crackle with love and risk . . . Odubanjo was a singular voice in British poetry, one which will endure. — Momtaza Mehri

With Adam, it feels like Gboyega Odubanjo excavates traditions to create a new world with a language and texture completely of its own. — Tife Kusoro

Adam is an anticipated debut, from a poet rooted in community. A poet whose name and charm will continue to live in our hearts and minds for generations. — Yomi Sode

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