Matthew Thorburn, Poet - Author of Dear Almost
The poems of Nigerian-born writer Gbenga Adesina speak to us across not only geographic distances, but also the vast expanses of the heart. His poems embody what he calls an “inexorable tenderness” that is often surprising, often moving—a voice that startles us awake to the possibilities of language. Last fall, I had the pleasure of reading with him in Brooklyn as part of the Franklin Electric Reading Series. More recently, I got to talk to him about his poems for the Ploughshares blog.