Never again will a single story be told
as though it were the only one.
– John Berger
The TED Talk delivered by Chimamanda Adichie in 2009 titled, “The Danger of a Single Story,” resonates with John Berger’s sympathetic claim. The representation of a single story about a people not only simplifies their complex realities but also misunderstands and misinterprets them.
People, both insiders and outsiders, who do not possess a broad range of experiences in a particular society often fall into the trap of producing a single story as if it were the ultimate. Apparently, this lopsided perspective projects inauthentic representations of such a society.
Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that, however, provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium, which is often neglected. Rather than focus our poetic lens on one side of our story, we intend to project the whole sides of our story – the good and the evil, the holy and the profane, the trivial and the serious, the tragic and the comic, the corrupt and the just, the heroic and the villainous, the rich and the poor, love and hatred, men and women, and so on, especially those that blur the borders of the binary categories of those experiences we are familiar with.
Moreover, we don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to or break conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that would make us appreciate the poetry in everything.
Ijagun presents a platform for poetic development for those who possess the propensity for creative maturity.
Ijagun is all about poetry!