These are poems of life turned inside out, where time cheats on writers, dead dreams are cremated and the people and things at the brunt end of our oppressive pleasures come back to haunt us. Dami is a poet in love with language and it’s slipperiness - in this collection of poetry that is at times harsh and at other times full of gentle humor, he is also a therapist and his patients, Nigeria, Africa and the world are on lying down on his doctor’s couch.
-Mukoma wa Ngugi
The poems in this book are aesthetically passionate and sensually fearless. This poet teaches us anew the possibilities for language and the erotic. A Woman's Body is a Country is tenacious, vital, honed. Dami Ajayi is a compelling and brilliant poet.
Dami Ajayi journeys into emotional borders that reveal the burdens of transitions, offering us lyrical poetry that reinvents perspectives. Here is the poetry of the quotidian, a philosophic and profound interrogation of relationships, of words, of bodies and their burdens, of times and time. There is poetry here, and it breathes.
A Woman’s Body is a Country is a work of impressive artistry. The power of these poems lies in their ability to transform ordinary everyday phenomena into memorable, lyrical nuggets of experience. Dami Ajayi is a very exciting new voice, not just in Nigerian poetry but for the world.
"Dami Ajayi writes poignantly about family, loss, trauma, and the mystery of the human psyche with compassion and deep insight. With poems reaching always for the redemptive, Ajayi renders a seldom seen vulnerability in Nigerian poetics leaving the reader with more hope and full of light."
- Chris Abani, GraceLand and Sanctificum