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Letter to Patience by John Haynes
  

Letter to Patience

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Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2006.

Judges' comment:
"A vivid, thoughtful and multi-faceted verse-letter, which moves skilfully between life in post-colonial Nigeria and England."

Synopsis

Letter to Patience by John Haynes

Letter to Patience is a book-length poem in iambic pentameter, set in ‘Patienceâs Parlourâ a small, mud-walled bar in northern Nigeria in 1993 – a time of political unrest.The writer of the letter has returned to Britain, with his Nigerian wife and children, to nurse his dying father.

He writes to Patience, the barâs owner, a woman in her 30s who once lectured in politics at Ahmadu Bello University, across the main road from her bar. She gave up her job partly because of junta pressures on radical academics.The town is volatile – the bar was attacked by the so-called Ayatollahs and would have been burnt had it not backed onto the property of her Hausa landlord.

There are also thoughtful and elegant digressions thrown up by the multiple narratives. The book is not merely biography or an essay on colonialism and post-colonialism, it is an epic portrayal of a beautiful and troubled country and one manâs search for meaning in difficult times.

About the Author

John Haynes has had a long career in education, and was a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University in the 70s and 80s, where he founded the literary journal, Saiwa. After returning to the UK in the 80s he has continued teaching, writing and publishing and his poems have appeared widely. Sections of Letter to Patience have been published in London Magazine, Stand, Poetry Review, Ambit, Critical Quarterly and Poetry Wales. Haynes is the author of a number of books: on teaching, language theory, African Poetry and stories for African children, as well as two volumes of poetry. He has won prizes in the Arvon and National Poetry Competitions.

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Book Info

Publication date

20th April 2006

Author

John Haynes

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Author's Website

www.jhaynestab.co.uk/

Publisher

Poetry Wales Press

Format

Paperback

Categories

Poetry
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ISBN

9781854114129

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