Mannequin In The Nude
Mannequin in the Nude explores familial ties in the aftermath of a father’s death, what it means to be queer and mentally ill in the hyper-religious landscape of Nigeria, and the endless search for light within one’s own spirit.
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About Mannequin In The Nude
Poetry. African & African American Studies. In his engrossing collection, poet Logan February documents and interrogates grief, and God, and examines what it is to be on the outside, even in the family setting–the reality of having a queer identity in the African world.
In this volume, eroticism and manic depression are navigated alone. Some of the poems use a mannequin as a projective tool to dissect self hood, histories, and family connections in the aftermath of a fundamental bereavement.
February additionally explores religious concepts to further mythologize the self, collecting Buddhist philosophies and Yoruba proverbs and myths, and putting them adjacent to the toxic tenets of Pentecostal Christianity, which is widespread in Nigeria.
In the vein of confessional poetry, the narrative takes its pride in exposing the elements which are deemed taboo and advised to be hidden away. The poems are equally fearful and raunchy, tender and defiant, morose and youthful.
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Logan February is a Nigerian poet and a book reviewer at Platypus Press’ Weekend Review. His work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Vinyl, Kabaka Magazine, The Raleigh Review, and more. He has been nominated for Best of the Net Awards, and his first full length manuscript, Mannequin in the Nude, was a finalist for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. He is the author of How to Cook a Ghost (Glass Poetry Press, 2017), Painted Blue with Saltwater (Indolent Books, 2018) & Mannequin in the Nude (PANK Books, 2019).
His new poetry collection In The Nude was published by Ouida Books on June 14 2019. Read More.