31 Days of Poetry - Day 21 - BRINGING PANGAEA BACK - by Kanyisola Olorunnisola

(... HIS POEM ...)

Somewhere in Kano, a coven of alchemists
converge for a witchery far beyond the reach
of mortal men. They are guided by the night’s
unwavering dark, like candles inside an ocean,
they let their light dissolve into a liquidity which
will haunt the world into submission. They are
attempting the impossible – they are indeed bringing
Pangaea back.

Millions of years ago, the first man lost his way
and we all parted into pathways swaying into the
mouth of devouring waters. Pangaea broke into separate
lands we call continents, contingent upon our folly
of wars is this severance, this tragedy, this unraveling
of the body as the empty hiding place of skeletons
of discord. Can you not see that we are hurting?
We have cut ourselves into pieces. Piece back together
this puzzle, this hustle, this battling of battalions, search
for calm in the birthplace of horrors and maybe then, with
the right amount of magic, the world can be fixed.

 (... HIS INTERVIEW ...)

EGC:  Your Real Name & Stage Name 
K-Tops: I am Kanyinsola Olorunnisola.

EGC:  Discipline/What You Do
K-Tops: I am currently a final-year student of Philosophy at the University of Ibadan but besides that, I am a content developer, poet, blogger, essayist and freelance scribbler.

EGC:  Other Creative Art Forms You Practice 
K-Tops: None.

EGC:   What Made You Go Into Poetry 
K-Tops: The story of how I got into poetry is a rather curious one. I was in charge of my school’s magazine back in SSS2 and we were running late on delivering the contents. The night before I was to deliver the entire draft to the teacher in supervision, I realised half a page was yet to be filled and I decided to just write something to fill the space. I decided to write a poem for my school, my very first poem. Somehow, I fell in love with that poem and upon the magazine’s publication, the reception to the poem was overwhelmingly positive and I have not stopped since then. So, I guess we can say necessity brought me to poetry, which I think is poetic in itself.

EGC:  Kind Of Poems You Write/Perform
K-Tops: Over time my writing focus has changed but a constant factor has always been a non-conformist and anti-establishment orientation. Presently, I’m more concerned about poems which discuss, predominantly, black identity and the future of the sub-Saharan African race. That is the main focus of my upcoming chapbook with Praxis.

EGC:  People Who Inspire You In Poetry 
K-Tops: I have so many. My definition of “poet” is quite broad, so I have a weirdly vast wealth of inspiration. They range from different eras, continents and even genres. Folks like Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Ben Okri, Wole Soyinka, David Bowie, Rumi, Safia Elhilo, Warsan Shire, Leopold Senghor, Romeo Oriogun, Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau and weirdly enough, Lady Gaga

EGC:  What You Hope To Achieve With Poetry 
K-Tops: I know the chances of changing the world with poetry aren’t astronomical per se. But I do hope to contribute to the socio-cultural deconstruction of the society I live in so it can be rebuilt. Nigeria especially, is likeable to a failed state where our values are misplaced and I do hope I can at least do something to move people towards working for a change.

EGC:  Your First Time At Be Blessed 
K-Tops: It was in 2015. I was invited by a good friend of mine, Tola Ijalusi. It was incredible. I had never seen such great spokenword performances like that live.

EGC:  How Many Times You Came To Be Blessed 
K-Tops: Three, I think.

EGC:  Poets You'd Like To See At Next Be Blessed 
K-Tops: The usual show-stoppers, Agarau, Mesioye and if possible, Servio Gbadamosi.

EGC:  Most Memorable Edition Of Be Blessed And Why
K-Tops: It would have to be the first time. It was a refreshing experience for me and the novelty of it was still far from rubbing off, not that it has.

EGC:  What You Missed About Be Blessed 
K-Tops: Everything! The energy! The fire! And, my God, the punchlines!

EGC:  What You Like About EGC
K-Tops: EGC is one of those organisations which inspired me to found the SPRINNG Literary Movement, actually. There is nothing comparable to the selflessness EGC incorporates into organization of its programs, helping to develop poetry in Nigeria in unprecedented ways.