[...] In his latest poetry volume, Tender Moments, Osundare, one of the most celebrated poets in Nigeria and Africa, sacrifices his characteristic overt cerebral poetry replete with political agitation and social engagement for love poetry. This has come as a big surprise. Osundare admits the surprise is at two levels: subject matter and thematic focus.The poet speaks with inflection, “This is certainly my first love poetry volume, but not my first love poems. Virtually every volume of poetry I have produced has one thing or another to do with love. Even when I am talking politics, there are times I talk politics in romantic terms. Thus, the love we have for our country intermeshes with the love we have for our lovers. We cannot separate the two. So, there is some kind of surprise at that level. [...]
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