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Publication News: "Song and Dread," Otoniya J. Okot Bitek

Publication News!

Huge congratulations goes out to Otoniya J. Okot Bitek who has just published a brand new poetry collection Song and Dread, published by Talon Books.

More about Song and Dread: Rife with the paradoxical forces of boredom and intensity, the early days of COVID-19 passed under an inescapable pall. The poems of Song & Dread seek quietude, order, refuge, and space within that shroud. They remind us of community, connectedness, and what is inherently shared. Here, Otoniya J. Okot Bitek becomes a record keeper, observing the contradictory, symbiotic relationship between the quotidian and the extraordinary. These are works of their time, while remembering an existence outside it. With a keen eye, Okot Bitek documents the ways the strange can become normalized when there is no other option.

Pick up Song and Dread here

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