When my skin itches, and my fingers twitch, wanting to slam closed the book with a jealous flourish, and rush to my notebook to write, and write, and write – that’s when I know I’m reading good writing. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to do that reading ‘Elephant’, but it… Read More ‘Elephant’ is a lesson in using your voice…A megaphone. A sledgehammer.
How do I begin reviewing such a collection when I’m still enthralled and captivated by the many stories told in Siana Bangura’s debut poetry collection ‘Elephant’? Separated into ten chapters, Siana gently walks the reader through a number of personal experiences which have shaped the woman that she is today, not only speaking for herself… Read More A provocative, honest, and unapologetic collection
Like all living things the elephant adapts as a means to survive. Siana Bangura’s ten chapter collection of poems ‘elephant.’ is survival in perpetuity. The reader is taken on a ride with the elephant, compelled to sustain ourselves and thrusted into a world of unpredictable force and confrontation. We make direct contact with her life… Read More The Behaviour of an Elephant
“You can stop choking on the sound now Stop biting down on the word so hard Don’t be afraid to say it. I’ll say it for you. B-L-A-C-K You heard me. As you refuse to call me by my name – You can call me black.” We are not a monolith. That is the the… Read More ‘Elephant’ magnifies the flames within all of us