Book: I Know Why Your Mother Cries (Parresia Publishers, 2020)

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About Book

I Know Why Your Mother Cries is Kehinde Badiru’s first full poetry collection. There’s something here for everyone. Some poems in this collection are humorous and contemporary, dealing with everyday human experience; others deal with deeper stuff, setting out and transcending the nuances of memory, feminism, motherhood, body-narratives, longing, and identity. Some poems rail about poverty, corruption, hypocrisy, injustice, and social issues, expressing the poet’s deep revolutionary concern. I Know Why Your Mother Cries is an interesting new collection by an important poet.

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I Know Why Your Mother Cries is available everywhere. You can get a copy from a walk-in or message to any of your favourite local bookstore: Roving Heights, BooksellersNG, BookpeddlerNG, Pagebookstore, AdamsPages, BookVille World etc.

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Praise for I Know Why Your Mother Cries

“This is a book that speaks to the detritus of a violated nation. The poems here, in their fluidity, spit provocation and naked honesty.”

Jumoke Verissimo (Author, A Small Silence)

Badiru Kehinde burst unto the stage of Nigerian poetry with a collection of poems that explores the realities of urban spaces and the people who live in them. I Know Why Your Mother Cries is a pleasure to read.

   —  Richard Ali (Author, The Anguish and Vigilance of Things)

“With this work, Kẹ́hìndé joins the new generation of troubadours and griots making art with the pain, frustrations, and aspirations of his homeland.”

 — Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

“Kehinde’s I Know Why Your Mother Cries is both livid and joyous, brings again to shore the ability of poetry to entrap, and slowly unfold stories. As I read through the book, my own stories – the news I watched with my father, and memories about growing up in a city that has began to outlive its own memories – were opened before me. The efficiency of poetry is to recreate someone’s reality using yours as a model. Badiru Kehinde’s book, I Know Why Your Mother Cries, is a happy-sad collection of beautiful verses about country, home, family and love. Blessed to have read the advance copy.”

Adedayo Agarau (Author, The Arrival of Rain)

“In these pages, Kehinde Badiru’s I Know Why Your Mother Cries captures the prevalent mood of a nation wrapped in heavy folds of uncertainty. Badiru, in short but purposeful bursts of energy and verses which flow in assured streams, tackles various salient issues which Nigeria’s citizenry have to grapple with. Badiru’s poetry looks like there is more he could say, but we will make do with this for now.”

Bagus Mutendi – Book on Review Classic 97.3 FM

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Genre: Creative Non-Fiction

Length: 28 Chapters

Published: 2018

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Genre: Motivational

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