Review of: We Are All Slow Here (Book By Agoreyo Oghenemaro) | Review Done By Eseosa F. Iyagbaye
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I am not a poetry fanatic but I appreciate every single intriguing piece I come across – and of course, review/criticize.
As a natural lover of Art and Literature, it is easy for me to fall in love with literary brainiacs and I attempt to connect deeply with their momentary transfiguration and understand the exact message they are trying to pass across and to who.
Coming across this piece by Agoreyo Oghenemaro, I wasn’t initially surprised because I did stumble on one or two poems daily with his signage, but I was impressed regardless, knowing that all wasn’t to waste but properly put together in a well-tailored book.
I do not have the strengths to compare or contrast with works of poetry and literature nobles but for my caliber, it was sublime.
First was the rather ‘weird’ title.
I wondered who ‘we’ referred to and what ‘here’ was – and generally, it is one attention-grabbing clause, which made me not want to dash through but to cruise gently, and I did.
Peeking through the piece, I noticed the distinct graphics and images with fonts which made it calm and raw (probably only me gets that). The graphics and colors were not distracting but all seemed to in one way or the other generate strict attention, while being easy for the eyes to glide through.
But hey, above the crested title were what? Astronauts? Could not really decipher; but I certainly knew it had something to do with the galaxy? Space? Universe? From then I began to try connecting with the intent of the writer and what direction he was pointing to (still could not be deciphered from the content list). And then I came across what seemed like a prologue.
More attention, confusion and anticipation? Check. It seemed like someone had a heart break, but then I observed the gentle heavy words describing the ‘soul’ and then I knew it was going to be one intense piece of poetry work.
Still on the prologue, I tried to understand the driving force of the writer, his true intent, inspiration and the categories of audience intended. Or was it all a mask or trick to keep us going? Well…
All I can say is there were feelings which were deep and ethereal, blind to the physical but trying to extract what was within.
The beginning poems were interesting but some like “Aliens” were difficult to grasp and relate to.
I couldn’t tell if it was because I wasn’t yet tuned to the writer’s frequency. Moving on, I enjoyed so much, the poem, “My Sister, My Brother and I”.
I was in the story for a moment and it seemed to last so long until I read the last line and came back to realize it was just a two-page poem.
But on going through each page, I had more questions. Romance, science, humour. I could feel each and every at one point or the other, leaving me to go deeper and understand what the writer really ‘wants’.
I liked the way most of the poems were practical and not abstract. The writer sees every other normal thing with an extra eye and with deeper thoughts; and tries to make an emotion of even the inanimate.
Aside the deep emotions, there were really a number of fun pieces – about things we see and do in our day to day life and can relate to. Deep down is a sense of humour and sarcasm in the writer.
I especially loved this about “Spicy Gist”, “Play Station”, and “Bra Mystery”. “Reproduced”? How did he do that? It was awesome how he did translate gestation and childbirth into what he felt it as. Just awesome. And needn’t I mention how swept of my feet I was at some buster rhymes? “Rhyming Mouthwash” was it!
Still going through and making my observations, I conclude that the book is all-embracing to most categories of poem lovers, from amateurs to ardent readers.
And when my head was filled with both amazement, confusion, questions, and analysis of what I had consumed, I came across the epilogue. Well, quite explained why I was having some discomfort, I guess I’m part of the aliens.
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