Poetry in Nigeria is undoubtedly going through another period of renaissance. Since the era of the late General Sani Abacha, there has not been a period of “poetic outpourings” like this, when writers denounced the government’s authoritarianism through poetry and satire.
From the dramatic to the narrative, from the lyrical to the spoken word, poetry runs through the tapestry of many creative evocations of the country.
The style of these poems may not recall the highly structured thematic organization of the 1970s and 1980s, but they are natural and rhythmic. The various collections remain constant touchstones of the millennium.
Akinola Bello’s collection, Children of the Sun, is not radically committed literature; it is, however, literally engaging. The confidence deployed is such that the contemplation of the lines crawls. He doesn’t use any strict meter or rhyme scheme, in fact, he doesn’t pretend his love for bland verse. In fact, they leave the reader with moments of “poetic supplication”.
In 62 movements of introspection, which capture the pains, sorrows, tears and joy (PSTJ) of humanity.
The collection is the one you choose to meet the challenges facing humanity, as it addresses every problem you can imagine, especially in a world of troubled philosophy.
The collection defies categorization and thus operates in unlimited space. Thus, the thematic construction is vast, varied and elusive. Jokingly, it can be described as a “diverse collection in the manner of Don Paterson’s The Arctic”.
The poems are short and remind readers of the beauty of human nature and the environment. They touch on the sweetness of human experience when they feel loved and equal emotions when life hits them hard.
The collection also explores the effects that human decisions can have on other humans.
Some of the poems include, Ękúulé, How I Wonder! Pangea, the sun, the seven colors, the sun and the moon, in the dark, who deserves a dance? She, Remorse, One Day and others.
The collection begins in a festive atmosphere with the poem Ękúulé. The poet celebrates the majority. It merges innocence and birth.
A free verse, it does not attempt to rhyme or construct readers’ minds with conventions.
As sung in the mouth of a newborn baby, it exudes a joyful homecoming.
Ękú ilé o
the song sung by the wall gecko
when he arrives at the house
he sees a shelter in
her palm silently extends
waiting for a soul to say
Ękú ilé o
He concludes that no matter how unpleasant you imagined your visit, the world is there to bid you over or welcome you.
The collection covers everything from nature to artifice. The varied themes subject the reader to appreciate the movement. With simple and seductive verses, the poet invites readers to appreciate his cadenced movement.
The author is confident and wanders in a deep, inexhaustible and limitless space to find the words, The poem evokes the feeling of de javu. This is best captured in How I Wonder! He uses repetition to trigger this movement.
Well I often wonder
struck with admiration, at the expanse of the sea…
In Pangea, he preaches peace and harmony. He reminds the reader that everyone comes from the same “womb of nature”, black, white, red or brown.
We fit together like a puzzle
In One Day, the ephemeral nature of man is questioned. The poet concludes that one day everything will fall into place.
The poems inspire readers to develop the strength of character to forgive when they are wronged, to rise up and be strong in the face of challenges, and to see that the world is a beautiful place. This is definitely a good collection for poetry miners.