I Know Why Your Mother Cries

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.

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.”

Kola Tubosun

US and Europe


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