Poetry for the Soul
Life has not always been what it seems Life has led me to turns I never had envisaged: Turns that had despair and misery, fortunes and smiles; All coming out to greet me like a welcome stranger. Sometimes I laugh, Sometimes I cheer; It never seems so all the time inside me. During these times, as I laugh at and cheer at people, I really wish they would see through to my heart- So lonely and cold does it seem. Sometimes I cry and when no one I see to comfort me, I break further. Sometimes, my heart bleeds and when no one I see to care, bleeds more. My joints are weakened under my burdens I could feel my heart beat faster....... This work is a Toast to the Reality of Life and Truth is about the lessons I have learn't in life: all the lessons of life with its Adventures and Conquests, Battles and Victories, De-motivations and Motivations, Pains and Joy, Moments of Sadness and Hope. All life valuable lessons can be read in every line of this work. Wouldn’t you agree with me that we have gathered much inside us - be it be negative pains or positive joys- and need our incredible skills and talents in using these negative pains and positive joys in constructively shaping and imparting our generation? Well, we’ve been born and so it remains for us to use all we’ve learn't and gathered through life to better our own lives and help people around us who are struggling as we are or as we have to stand . . .
Efe Paul Azino’s spoken word performances have received critical acclaim from listeners over the years. This book is therefore an expected result of a heightened expectation from many of his fans. For Broken Men Who Cross Often, is a refreshing and brilliant bond of the written and the oral, as it invents aesthetic devices to connect the two mediums which have constantly generated wide debate: spoken word and poetry-on-the-page. The author, in his writing, resonates through the themes of advocacy, love, loss, identity and history, the need for a revisit of the inner self. In Efe Paul Azino, we will always listen to tradition in present-day voice.
The Other Side of Other Rooms is a beautiful experiment of narratives with personal, global and transcendental metaphors. It speaks to the human spirit about the tales of self and other. There is great hope for poetry. Femi Morgan Curator, Artmosphere Nigeria and author of Renegade. The poet captures life’s rhythms very aptly. Reading The Other Side of Other Rooms is like being on a journey through life and its dynamism. Tobi Israel Essayist and Life Coach, London, UK. The poet’s sensitivity to the human nature is profound. His understanding of global issues and the dexterity with which he tells his story is noteworthy, The Other Side of Other Rooms is like holding a torch to the rooms in our heart and lives. Rob McGrimes Professor of Literary Studies, Miami, USA.
An expression of love, myth, memories and sacrifice as it unravels the sarcastic change Nigerians persevere. This is definitely a collection of beautiful and well detailed poems for all lovers of poetry.
REZthaPoet is a top-notch spokenword artiste and poet of both the streets and the boardroom. His poetry comes from deep spoken meditation on ideas and thoughts with a citylife swag. REZthaPoet collages history, celebrates heritage, identity and roots with his art. REZ has released the ‘I AM’ video off the Exposit LP. The SpokenWord Album has changed the game in SA, Nigeria and France where he has performed his art. ‘I AM’ has been called by audiences as one of the rave tracks off the album. REZthaPoet performs regularly at different art, entertainment, media, culture, and social enterprise platforms in Nigeria. The ‘I AM’ video is an Oriki, a self-reflection of Identity that calls other people out of faking it without a diss. It tells a story of heritage, of culture and the strength of the human spirit. It is inspired by Rez’s experiences on the road of discovering himself. REZthaPoet draws his style from the Yoruba traditional art form, Ewi, which is the vehicle of folk and history. He infuses it with the panache of cities across the world. He delivers his craft in English spiced with the protest pidgin that rules the everyday African life, this helps to reach both the elite and the displaced middle class. Check out the Exposit Deluxe Edition on sound cloud and www.rezthapoet.com
In a distant past, somewhere on some fictitious isles on the coasts of Africa, four kings ruled over the four isles that make up a realm. Each king ruled supreme in turn for ten seasons, according to the terms of the oath as sworn by their forefathers. But things were to change, and that which men once held sacred was to be shunned as ambitions seethed and suspicions became subjects of whispered conversations.
This is a collection of poems written from personal bible study. They are words which through poetry creatively decode the activities of the bible passages and what they probably may have become in today's society who may or may not understand the hidden prophecies of the bible.
This collection of creatively introspective poems, is a bulls-eye-aim at social dysfunction and obnoxious individuals. In beautifully collected words, the poet bleeds her thoughts about the world in which she exists, expressing her search for identity and unabashedly voicing her ‘Africanness’.
PRAISE FOR HOME EQUALS HOLES: TALE OF AN EXILE (Winner, Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Poetry 2014) Agema’s Home Equal Holes: Tales of an Exile is a product of an aesthetic that renders private anxiety in a coherent, sustained metaphor that does not shy from interrogating the public. With its intriguing marriage of private and public images, and a subtle leaning towards orality, the collection appears versatile and protean, seeking, with an acute sense of commitment, answers to everyday questions that confront very many people living in the condition of abuse and privation in contemporary Nigeria. - Judges Report, Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Poetry 2014 Su’eddie’s poetry is precociously profound. There aren’t many poets of this generation whose art possess such depth of themes; such sophistication of diction. - Reward Nsirim, author of Fresh Air and other stories Su’eddie Vershima Agema also knows how to brew despair and misery so deliciously you would pay for a sip of it… But HOME EQUALS HOLES is not all gloom and gnashing of teeth. There is also hope for blue skies and sunshine. There is no certainty, though. There is only hope. Su’eddie Vershima Agema approaches poetry with the confidence and dexterity of a master craftsman who seems to have so mastered the ropes that he can walk its entire length even without a balancing pole. - Uchenna Franklin Ekweremadu