British Nigerian poet Yomi Sode has just signed with publishers Penguin Press to release his brand new poetry collection book Manorism in the UK and the Commonwealth. The book is set for release in the spring of 2022.
Regarding the collection itself, Yomi Sode dives into his Nigerian-British diaspora experience, and will explore family, survival, generational issues and his sense of belonging. It will be focused on Black boys and men in relation to code-switching, how they have to change their behaviour in certain environments, and how they have a certain pressure to be someone else depending on where they are.
The poet is very excited about the collection, and speaking about it, he says, “I’m very excited to bring Manorism into the world. It has lived with me, traveled with me, reflected with me, and joined me at points of happiness and mourning. It is an honor to know my work will be joining the likes of Terrance Hayes, Caleb Femi, and Claudia Rankine. I treasure this collection very much, and I can’t wait for folks to read it“.
Yomi Sode is to only a poet, he will also a playwright, facilitator, and recipient of the 2019 Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship. He is already known by the public thanks to his acclaimed one-man show titled COAT, which has been performed at Brighton festival and the Last Word festival, among other spaces.
Not only that, he is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, founder and co-host of BoxedIn. He also curates an online blog platform for fathers and guardians called ‘Daddy Diaries’, an interview series on Instagram called ‘First Five’.
His poetry collection Manorism should be out by Spring 2022, so we will have to wait a year to read and enjoy his words but you can already pre-order the collection on the official website or on Amazon here.