Title- Swinging Emotions: Poetry of my youth
Author- Onyekaba N. Charles
Review by- Oli Jude Okechukwu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Man is an emotional being and his reactions to life are emotional states. Swinging Emotions, a book of 31 poems, attempts to capture the reactionary emotional states of people to different conditions of life. The writing style is adept in its simplicity. It is consistent in delivering pointedly the vagaries of human existence- love, happiness, fear, grief, nostalgia, anxiety and so on.
Clear expressions of emotional states solidify its originality and comforts one in the blessed hope that you are not alone.
Who is he? Opens with a common human emotional expression of anxiety- ‘panic, unrest, pretenses everywhere!’. This magnifies the human propensity to be anxious, to worry. Anxiety is an emotional state in which people feel uneasy, apprehensive or fearful. People often experience anxiety about events they cannot control, predict or that seem threatening or dangerous.
‘There are times I feel so ashamed of the things I’ve said or done. There are certain memories I wish to erase forever’. These are the first lines of the poem ‘Blame me’. It explores the human capacity for shame and regret, another common human emotion.
Grief-stricken, the author holds back no emotion in the poem ‘Rest in peace’. The words ‘your memories still cast shadows even without the true image. I am in eerie loneliness and emptiness’ conveys the emotional response to death or other loss of a loved one. Dying individuals and their loved ones go through the human grieving process. Although the expression of grieving varies in some respects among societies and individuals, its basic aspects seem to be biological and universal.