Clinical Blues

by Dami Ajayi

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“Your fragrance stills me, stirs me
Every time your voice lingers
In the crevices of my ears
Thrilling my ossicles with
Little jolts

How our tongues dueled on
The cusp of broken kisses,
Soft kisses are best met on pliable lips
Best taken in dark corners”

-From The Anatomy of She

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“Dami Ajayi, on the basis of this collection, is surely one of the key Nigerian poets of his generation. He follows a great tradition of medical doctors who were writers, and is also able to catch the inflections of Anglo-American modernisms – his poems resonate with Eliot’s arch wit and starling images and phrasing. At times lyrical, at times satirical, this is poetry of vision, humanity, and genuine literary value.”
-Todd Swift, British-Canadian Poet

“A crisp new voice with an old soul. Dami Ajayi’s poetry enchants.”
– Lola Shoneyin; Producer, Ake Literature Festival
author The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

“Dami Ajayi’s debut runs the risk of being labelled a classic.”
– Ayodele Airigbabu, winner Liberty Bank Prize For Short Stories 2011

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Dami Ajayi (author)

Dami Ajayi was born in Nigeria. He studied medicine at Obafemi Awololo University, Ile-Ife. He is the co-founder of the international online literary magazine, Saraba. His poems have appeared on MapleTree Literary Supplement, African Writing, Sentinel Nigeria, AnnArbor Review, Sunday Revue, Nigerians Talk and elsewhere.

He was nominated as one of the “Eight Nigerian Poets Whose Poems Delight” in 2011. Clinical Blues, his debut collection of poems was shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 International Melita Hume Poetry and longlisted for the Erbacce Poetry Prize the same year.

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Dami Ajayi

Dami Ajayi was born in Nigeria. He studied medicine at Obafemi Awololo University, Ile-Ife. He is the co-founder of the international online literary magazine, Saraba. His poems have appeared on MapleTree Literary Supplement, African Writing, Sentinel Nigeria, AnnArbor Review, Sunday Revue, Nigerians Talk and elsewhere. He was nominated as one of the “Eight Nigerian Poets Whose Poems Delight” in 2011. Clinical Blues, his debut collection of poems was shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 International Melita Hume Poetry and longlisted for the Erbacce Poetry Prize the same year.