Outskirts Press is Pleased to Bring You From African Plains to American Ways: New Era Poems by Athanasius U.P. Ohaya

Open Your Eyes and Discover a Whole New World through the words of Athanasius U.P. Ohaya

Denver, CO, March 28, 2007 --(PR.com)-- Athanasius, a Nigerian born, writes with eloquence and clarity, sharing his vision of the world through 115 poems that deal with the meaning of human nature and existence. In his prologue, he writes:

When all hope is lost / Vision is dimmed
Challenges defeated, goals thwarted / And personality distorted
Feeble minds will fade away / But strong minds will continue to vibrate…

Athanasius believes that all people deserve peace and love every day of their lives. Perturbed and at times flabbergasted by human ignorance, he has created this potpourri of poetry to highlight the conflicting natural phenomena of human existence. He sees chaos in the world as a product of misguided policies and false indoctrinations of the past. As a child, Athanasius observed adults and children languished in agony of ethnic hatred and mistrust. Since that time, he has always fought against the emptiness he sees in many human relations. “The treatment people receive from their fellow humans remains tantamount to animalism,” he says.

From African Plains to American Ways is an odyssey that will sweeten and brighten your days. The poems take on natural, cultural, and philosophical images in a way that no poet has before. “Poetry is like bread and butter,” says Athanasius, “or like Ụgba na Okporoko to Nigerians.” Through these poems, Athanasius wishes to work toward the betterment of humanity one person at a time. Read these poems of hope and enlightenment, and pass them on.

About the Author: Athanasius U.P. Ohaya was born in Umuduruoha, Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government of Imo State, Nigeria. He attended Saint Finbarr’s College in Lagos, Nigeria, before migrating to the United States for a BA and MA from the University of Colorado. Educated in political science and international studies, Athanasius holds a secondary school teaching license and is an addictions counselor. He has contributed articles for Denver newspapers and his first novel, Clear Across the Bridge, was published in 2004. Athanasius, who currently makes Denver his home, believes that many of the world’s conflicts can be eliminated through dialogue and writing. Visit Athanasius on the Web at www.auohaya.com.

From African Plains to American Ways by Athanasius U.P. Ohaya
ISBN 1-4327-0287-4
6x9, 296 pages
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