IJAGUN POETRY JOURNAL: Vol. 2, No. 2, December 2014

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You Live

(for a life well spent)

Juan Flores

(Juan Flores, 1943 – 2014)

Live your life to its fullest
sowing a seed into every life
before it leaves you

Juvenile at heart
Unrelenting in spirit
Able in old age
Never boring, never down

Full of wisdom
Loving and kind
Ornamented with virtues
Rendering all to all at will
Emptied, fulfilled, you left us
Surely, your absence we’d feel here

Gabriel Bamgbose


This space shall not carry an Editor’s Note this time, but a Tribute to a beloved professor, Juan Flores, who I never had the “chance” to express to him how much I deeply admire and love him before his transition on December 2. Juan Flores, a professor in the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University, continues to live on in many lives he has made his mark on.

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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3 Responses to IJAGUN POETRY JOURNAL: Vol. 2, No. 2, December 2014

  1. Glenn Fang says:

    It heartens me to see this journal growing with yet another issue. I enjoyed reading it!

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