Akwaeke Emezi’s Poetry Debut, Content Warning: Everything, Arrives 2022

The novelist’s poems “travel from home to homesickness, tracing desire to surrender and abuse to survival.”
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Akwaeke Emezi - Content Warning: Everything

Akwaeke Emezi - Content Warning: Everything

Akwaeke Emezi’s debut poetry collection, Content Warning: Everything, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in 2022.

Akwaeke Emezi - Content Warning: Everything
Akwaeke Emezi – Content Warning: Everything

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In their bold debut poetry collection, Akwaeke Emezi—award-winning author of Freshwater, PET, The Death of Vivek Oji, and Dear Senthuran—imagines a new depth of belonging.

Crafted of both divine and earthly materials, these poems travel from home to homesickness, tracing desire to surrender and abuse to survival, while mapping out a chosen family that includes the son of god, mary auntie, and magdalene with the chestnut eyes.

Written from a spiritfirst perspective and celebrating the essence of self that is impossible to drown, kill, or reduce, Content Warning: Everything distills the radiant power and epic grief of a mischievous and wanting young deity, embodied.

Akwaeke Emezi by Frances F. Denny.
Akwaeke Emezi by Frances F. Denny.

Akwaeke Emezi is the author of Freshwater, named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center For Fiction’s First Novel Prize; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature; and The Death of Vivek Oji, a New York Times bestseller.

Emezi has also been selected as a “5 Under 35” honoree by the National Book Foundation, and received a Commonwealth Short Story Prize, a Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship, and a Nommo Award.

Paula Willie-Okafor
Paula Willie-Okafor is a staff writer at Open Country Mag. She is a student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where she is custodian of The Writers' Community (TWC). Her writing has appeared in Kissing Dynamite Magazine and Praxis Magazine.

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