Nominating Editor: Beverly Jackson
During its publishing run, from 2002 t0 2006, Literary Potpourri, later known as Ink Pot, featured short stories, flash fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, graphic arts, interviews, newsletter, and contests. Writers the likes of Randall Brown, Terri Brown-Davidson, Myfanwy Collins, Ron Currie, Pia Z. Ehrhardt, Roy Kesey, Roger Morris, Bob Thurber, and Joan Wilking appeared in its pages. Beverly Jackson published "Half of a Yellow Sun" in the second issue. Sometime later, Zoetrope: All-Story published the story, and it went on to win an O. Henry Prize in 2003.
Nominated Short Story: "Half of a Yellow Sun" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Review: by Susan Lago
In “Half of a Yellow Sun,” Nigerian-born Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recounts the story of
The story opens with a triumphant rally in
In the same vein as her compatriot, Chinua Achebe (Things Fall Apart), Adichie writes of the divide and conquer legacy of
Adichie uses Igbo sayings – such as “the maker of the lion does not let the lion eat grass” – to divide each section as well as to build tension. The Igbo words such as “gmelina” “anara,” “imakwa” that are interspersed throughout the text help bring the reader into a world that is largely unknown to most Americans aside from televised images of children with bloated bellies and fly-speckled eyes. Through the lens of history, Adichie wrings irony from a statement like “Ah,
In reading this story, I wondered uncomfortably – guiltily – if my sympathy for the main character arises as much from her loss of such Western luxuries as her mother’s “manicured nails” and her father’s Peugeot, as for the starving children and homeless refugees. In Adichie’s description of the new Biafran’s confidence that “It would take us only a week to crush
Susan Lago is a freelance writer and marketing consultant and has Master of Arts degree in English (concentration in writing) from
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