This unique collection of poems present the new and recharged African voice— a fresh narration in Evelyne Ongogo’s “women are some kind of magic” style. She spins these devastating, lyrical and“storytelling” poems in a dreamlike style. These 37 narrations seem to say they are more than poetry; it’s a memoir; it’s a civil discussion between brother and sister, husband and wife; it’s a witch hunt; it’s a quarrel; it’s a thanksgiving; its a lamentation; it’s a dirge and a eulogy; it’s a gossip; it’s a lullaby; it’s a tearful coming home affair; it’s an expression of love brewed in the African pot.
This is what it is in Ongogo’s own words; “We have sung all songs; Danced in all manners: In the manner of reptiles”, “Do not mourn Oduka in such manner as the children do in a playfield; No, not like the satisfied babies do to the sagging breasts of their mothers Mourn your husband well Akoko.”
It is a reckoning of storytelling but stories built out of many narratives pushing back against a world that is filled with the decline in the African culture against modernity, and the emotional, and physical challenges. In this fine collection, Ongogo writes the sway into her words, each line a new wave, a new gravity tugging us back home to the evergreen African world. This is a powerful interpretation of a poet’s experience in a changing world and a journey toward social conscience in a perilous time of new African renaissance.