TITLE: A beautiful mess
AUTHOR: Pyrokardia (Ogunfowodu Obafemi)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 140
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 28, 2016)
REVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola
Pyrokardia’s collection is the first of its kind that I have read from a Nigerian writer. This is a book written endlessly about love that is thought provoking and filled with genuine human emotions. This collection is what I will call a manual to love and a precaution or remedy for broken-hearts. It is a collection that most individuals can genuinely resonate with. It is an out pour of authenticity, creativity and consistency.
My best poem from this collection is on page 20 of the book. It is titled I’m fine. It is a poem that I guarantee that everyone who gets this book will enjoy. This poem was a flawless display of what it means to be and feel human. It testifies to how skilled we are in hiding a million words, thoughts and feelings under the cloak of these words “I’m fine.” When people ask “How are you?” These days, it is not about answering the question truthfully but answering as expected.
Ogunfowodu Olufemi’s words also answered one of my fears in writing. The fear in repeating ideas. Although this book has about two reoccurring themes, every page and poem is different. He writes in such a way like how a lover’s “I love you” will always sound new even when you have heard it a million times and it is so satisfying. While reading this book, I thought to myself that the worth of this book was understated by the cost. Pyrokardia is like Tolu Akinyemi (Author of Your Father Walks Like a Crab and I laugh at these skinny Girls) who gives provoking ideas through inexpensive and easy access to readers.
It is a collection that I will read over and over again and perhaps steal words from to write letters to my loved ones.