Two Poems

By Taiye Ojo
1. Plague Swamp
Headshot of Ojo Taiye

Taiye Ojo is a Nigerian eco-activist, cultural worker, and artist who uses poetry as a tool to hide his frustration with society. His practice is collaborative and often draws from personal experience or interpretation of climate change, homelessness, migration, as well as a breadth of transversal issues ranging from racism, black identity and mental health. He believes in the power of language to capture the minutiae of daily life and the natural world.

His current project explores neocolonialism, institutionalized violence and ecological trauma in the oil-rich, polluted Niger delta. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Evergreen Review, Mizna, Narrative Magazine, Mycelia, The Spectacle, Salamander, Consequence, Stinging Fly, Rattle, Cincinnati Review, Banshee, Willow Springs, Lambda Literary, Fiddlehead, Puritan, Frontier Poetry, Notre Dame Review, and Strange Horizon. He has worked on the Future(s) 2021 with Catalyst Arts and Belfast Photo Festival; 2021 Sustrans Black History Month Art Project, 2021-22 Scene Stirling COP26 Climate Commission, switch-art project 2021/22, 2022 Green Transitions Conference, Norway; 2022 – CHCI/MELLON Global Humanities Institute, South Africa; We Hear You—A Climate Archive, 2023.

His debut mixed media installation will be exhibited in Linz, Austria, as part of the Ars Electronica Festival, 2023. He works as a contract staff/ billing officer in HMB General Hospital, Delta State. In his spare time, he enjoys movies, browsing new opportunities, and birdwatching. He is currently at work on his second poetry pamphlet.

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