I Have Encountered in Books

I have encountered in books
the thoughts I desire and brook
like a silent night dream
the ideas course like a running stream

I have encountered in books
the wits of the written words

I have encountered in books
the words mightier than our worlds

I have read about so many things
things that have shaped my mind and beings
now I am a compendium
of things useful for a new millennium

I have learned to read and read
as I have read to learn and re-learn

Books have done to me more
than I have done to books

Basit Olatunji

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About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. 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, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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