Martin Elorm Dogbo was born in Accra New Town, and has lived there most of his life.
He is a student of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, where he reads journalism and some English language as well as French. On campus he is one of the founding members of "Poetry Bar" — a poetry club on campus which meets twice a month to give room for aspiring poet to display their talents.
Five Questions with Martin Elorm Dogbo (circa 2008):
1. How long have you been writing poetry?
I have been writing poetry for 10 years.
2. Who are your favorite poets? Which poets have most inspired and informed your work?
My favorite poets are Kofi Anyidoho, Mariam Brew Daniels (both from the 1970s edition of Efua Sutherland's "Talents for Tomorrow'), Lade Wosornu, Kofi Awoonor, Wole Soyinka, Oswald Mtshali and others.
3. What do you hope to accomplish with your poetry?
4. Have you traveled outside of Ghana and experienced the pressure not to "return with nothing" first hand?
No. I write from the experiences of returnees who are mostly relatives.
5. You use repetition very effectively in this poem. Is repetition a device you use often in your poetry? What effects do you hope to have on your readers when you employ it?
I use repetitions most of the time. I feel it makes it easier for readers to memorize my poems.
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