TOLU OLORUNTOBA THE JUNTA OF HAPPENSTANCE (Palimpsest/Anstruther)
01 JUNE 2021 7PM EASTERN w/KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI at KFB
TOLU OLORUNTOBA's THE JUNTA OF HAPPENSTANCE left me dazzled to the point of squinting. In every poem, some piece of gorgeous, quotable language glittered in my eye" :Wake up. It's the crescendo. / Here comes your / redaction from the world." The collection is neither burdened, victimized, nor apologetic about race. It does not out on race as a pair of glasses. Race is more like an eyeball. It remains a simple fact, even though, as he writes, "My mind has bent the facts, I know. / The facts have bent my mind." One gets the sense that Oloruntoba is the alluring stranger, scribbling into a steno, "submerged into words on the bus," seemingly absorbed in his world but really taking note of us. -- IAN WILLIAMS, Author of Word Problems
THE JUNTA OF HAPPENSTANCE
TOLU OLORUNTOBA is the author of the Anstruther Press chapbook Manubrium. His poetry has appeared in Pleiades, Columbia Journal, Entropy, and other publications, and his short fiction has appeared in translation in Dansk PEN Magazine. He founded Klorofyl, a magazine of literary and graphic art, and practiced medicine before his current work managing projects for health authorities in British Columbia. After a somewhat itinerant life in Nigeria and the United States, he emigrated to the Greater Vancouver Area, where he lives with his family.