Ushie Joe: Hill Songs, Poems (Ibadan: Kraftbooks, 2000)

About the Book

Metaphoric, satiric and witty, Hill songs paints an idyllic canvas of the poet’s homeland against which contemporary issues and events are contrasted; and the result is a distorted calligraphy.
Lamenting, protesting, but never despairing, the voice in Hill Songs is that of commitment to, and identification with nature, humanity and the sociopolitical destiny of his country.
The poet’s language is elegant and free-flowing. He gives new meaning and depth to ordinary and familiar words and creates in the process, a whole new understanding of human nature and society.
Honoured recently by the Cross River State Government for outstanding contribution to Literature and Culture, Joe Ushie was born at Akorshi, Bendi in Obanliku LGA of Cross River State. A product of the Universities of Calabar and Ibadan respectively, he is the author of Popular Stand (1992), Lambs at the Shrine (Kraft 1995), Eclipse of Rwanda (Kraft, 1998) and A Reign of Locusts (Kraft, 2004)
Joe Ushie lectures atthe University of Uyo, Nigeria.


Hill song
The african mosquito
First october
Palace wedding
The lion
Volcano 2
The spiv’s recipe
Begwu cocoon
The gun
Mother hen
The he-goat
Coin sides
Back to kugbudu
Urban blues
From hill to valley
Fan-ner of maize
Song of the dead
Hour of despair
Sobs at dawn
The light goes out
On lagos beach
The hills will rise again
Mother’s back
Cloud phases
Coffin maker’smatins
Beyond hara-kiri
Hillside rill
From cradle to catacombs
Winter in the tropics
Early bird
Congo music
Game mate
Hilltop flower
Duck bath
A ray of faith
Fela anikulapo kuti
Verse, not blood
Poetry on exile