Abayomi Animashaun

Abayomi Animashaun

Abayomi Animashaun is a Nigerian émigré, who came to the United States in the mid-1990s. He holds an MFA from the International Writing Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a PhD from the University of Kansas. His poems have appeared in several print and online journals, including Diode, The Cortland Review, Versedaily, African American Review, Passages North, Ruminate Magazine, and The Adirondack Review. His poems have also been included in Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems and We Have Crossed Many Rivers: New Poetry from Africa. A recipient of the Hudson Prize and a grant from the International Center for Writing and Translation, Abayo is the author of two poetry collections, Sailing for Ithaca and The Giving of Pears, and editor of two anthologies, Walking the Tightrope: Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers from Africa and Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with his wife and two children.

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Posts by Abayomi Animashaun

Those Sore of Soul

“Deal gently / With those / Sore of Soul // For whom / Each invitation // Or word spoken / Is wound to sea-salt”

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A Poet’s Place

On a bus ride to the airport from AWP with an admired poet, and what the poet’s place is as teacher, scholar, author.

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Monasteries

Count them lucky / Who know the opening / Of gates within, who / Seated as they are / Remain beside altars / Where blue and green / Sing arias.

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