April 4, 2023
100 Pages | ISBN 978-1-989496-65-7
Gills is a reform of the author’s first chapbook Stream of Tongues; Watercourse of Voices with a mass of poem logged in stanzaic ventilations for aerobic installations of many-a-narrative, dramatic and quip lyrical substance; to pratically pore on and/or keen over the bearing of every liquid our body leaks. With a diasporean nearness to a socio-economic system of debt, the poems are the author’s bubble shares amongst the millions of immigrants trying all to uphold either the repiratory, skin or kidney normalcy (keeping head above the water).
“To say that Gills is a stunning lyrical offering would not be enough to capture its quiet majesty. These are textured poems that explore the range of a life between places and worlds – even in the oppressive halls of weighty silence. To curious readers: dive in and let these poems (and yourself) breathe between each page. Ayomide Bayowa is a piercing and prophetic bard.” – Adrian De Leon, author of barangay: an offshore poem and co-host of PBS’s A People’s History of Asian America
About the Author
Ayomide Bayowa is an award-winning Nigerian Canadian poet, actor and filmmaker. He holds a BA in Theatre and Creative Writing from the University of Toronto and is the (2021–24) poet laureate of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He is a top-ten gold entrant of the 9th Open Eurasian Literary Festival and Book Forum, UK, and was long-listed for both the UnSerious Collective Fellowship and 2021 Adroit Journal Poetry Prize. He won first place in the 2020 July Open Drawer Poetry Contest, the June/July 2021 edition of the bimonthly Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest and second place in the 2021 K. Valerie Connor Poetry Contest’s Student Category. He has appeared in a long list of literary magazines, including Windsor Review, Agbowó, Ampersand Review, and more. He is the editor-in-chief of Echelon Poetry and currently reads poetry for Adroit Journal.