Clinical Blues is a moveable feast of ideas, recollections, aspirations and apparitions of desire in the collective but submerged consciousness of the new Africa. Dami Ajayi, on the basis of this collection follows in 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 startling images and phrasing. At times lyrical, at times satirical, this is poetry of vision, humanity, and genuine literary value. Lines and observations lift free of essays on housewives, on God, on love, on the medical clinic. This is a book everyone interested in emerging African voices should own.

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Connect Nigeria

01 Mar 2017
8.0
One can begin by taking note of the two-word title that Dami Ajayi has chosen for this gang of poems, ‘Clinical Blues’. The poet has prepared poetry as the lab where medical science and music are titrated and adulterated. But then, love and sex a ...
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Ktravula

01 Mar 2017
8.0
At a time when a whole nation has become a nest of singing birds, when the same stylistic path is repeatedly trodden in the name of a certain kind of dubious ‘tradition’, and in poem after poem, the thematic character of a failed postcolonial des ...
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Olisa.tv

28 Feb 2017
8.0
Dami Ajayi sure knows how to win a heart. And break it. Clinical Blues is not your usual collection of poems; you fall in love with it, then hate it, but it easily snags at your resolve, peeling away the layers of thickened skin you had grown. It is ...
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Praxis Magazine

28 Feb 2017
7.0
In Ben Obumselu’s critical commentary on Obiwu’s Rituals of the Sun, the writer argues that reading a new poet is like “travel in a strange country” . It could literally translate to a reader on a journey striving to create paths where very l ...
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Shoolaoyin.com

28 Feb 2017
8.0
Through a poem titled “Graffiti too” in this collection, Clinical Blues, Dami Ajayi presents an epic mockery of the Nigerian political system. He portrays a rare literary smartness with his mixture of medicine’s tools and poetry’s delicacy. ...
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Sevhage Reviews

28 Feb 2017
9.0
Dami Ajayi’s debut collection, Clinical Blues, is exactly what the name says it is, blue. The mood is of pain, of destructive passion, of love lost, of health struggles, of sure Clinical Blues Coverdeath… It took me thirty minutes to walk from Un ...

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Publisher:

WriteHouse Collective

ISBN:

978-5-28382-8

Language:

English

Literary Awards:

Melite Hume Prize, Shortlisted (2012), ANA Prize for Poetry, Shorlisted (2015)

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