Gospel of Ogun

A rootless journalist gets a job as a war correspondent. As he travels through a ravaged land documenting the devastation, the the god of war talks to him.

‘This is a vital book by one of the most urgent contemporary British black voices. Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley takes us on a journey in his signature style of multi-voiced poems that blend sharp journalistic detail with well placed side trips into the shamanic imagination via Ogun, the Yoruba god of War, balancing a hard edged historical realism with a lyrical kaleidoscope eye, a seeking for identity with a testament to outsider status in a reversal of diaspora. This collection makes us face an Africa we are encouraged to forget, along with the other interzones of post colonialism we are urged to disconnect from before we see the web of history attached to our disowned fallen empires.’

Andy Willoughby