Your Crib, My Qibla

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Your Crib, My Qibla

Saddiq Dzukogi

African Poetry Book Series

96 pages

Paperback

March 2021

978-1-4962-2577-1

$17.95 Pre-order

About the Book

Your Crib, My Qibla interrogates loss, the death of a child, and a father’s pursuit of language able to articulate grief. In these poems, the language of memory functions as a space of mourning, connecting the dead with the world of the living.

Culminating in an imagined dialogue between the father and his deceased daughter in the intricate space of the family, Your Crib, My Qibla explores grief, the fleeting nature of healing, and the constant obsession of memory as a language to reach the dead.
 

Author Bio

Saddiq Dzukogi holds a degree in mass communication from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (Nigeria), and is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. A 2017 finalist of the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, he is the author of Inside the Flower Room, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the New Generation African Poets Chapbook series. Dzukogi’s poems have appeared in the Kenyon ReviewPrairie SchoonerGulf CoastWorld Literature TodayNew Orleans ReviewOxford Poetry, African American ReviewBest American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere.
 
 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments    

I. Your Crib
Wineglass    
Song to a Birdwoman    
Internment    
Burial Sheet    
So Much Memory    
Scarf    
The Fruit Tree    
A Nimble Darkness    
He Didn’t Get to Say Goodbye    
The House Held by Chaos    
Marshmallow    
Enigma    
Palms    
Shoes    
Measurable Weight    
The Gown    
This Web    
Shattered    
A Kind of Burden    
Learning about Constellations    
Elegy    
Quenching    
Back to Life    
Ba Shi, Ba Shi    
The Conceit of Shadows    
Strain    
Window    
Is Memory in Her Brother’s Body?     
Dates    
Ribbons    
Revival    
Cave    
Sufficient    
Chibi    
Shahada    
Seismic    
The Breadth of a Butterfly    
Flower’s Tenderness    
Memories by the Sea    
When He Says Your Name    
A Song in the Mouth of a Ghost    
Half-Light    
What Belongs to Him    
Aubade    

II. My Qibla—A Dialogue
She Begins to Speak    
Journey Home    
Still-Life    
Janazah    
Observations    
Measuring the Length of Grief by the Length of a River    
Ummi    
Unexpressed Grief    
My Son Asks if I Miss My Daughter    
At Your Grave I’m Reminded of the Day You Were Born    
Where Pain Lives    
December    
Inner Songs    
Waterlog    
One Year After    
Notes    

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