On this post, I’ll be reviewing the book funny men cannot be trusted, an anthology by poet Tolu Akinyemi.
I took some time off Instagram. I stopped posting in general to just sit back and get inspired (like what next to blog on, draw, paint..)
For that short while, I decided to read more of poetry, especially the contemporary ones coming out of Africa or by African writers.
So, I picked up this collection of poems :
‘funny men cannot be trusted’ by Tolu Akinyemi
and it was a good decision.
The point of the book, well according to the writer, is to get people to love and understand poetry, poetry that is not “boring, and obscure.” The book is the third and newest of the series ‘poetry for people who hate poetryʼ by the same poet.
Even though I don’t hate poetry, I don’t think anyone will dislike this. The poems are well written, there’s no one I disliked. It’s not unnecessarily esoteric, it’s simple and yet quite interesting — more with the use of imagery, its comical nature still retaining the deep meanings.
The poems centre around the themes of love, absentee fathers, hope, human interaction and things relatable.
One I particularly liked for this was the poem ‘a sharpened knife’. It lightly addresses the uncommonly talked about bias in marriage.
” when quietly the housewife
sharpens the knife, nobody cares
but when it cuts her back
suddenly, there is an uproar”.
It’s not unnecessarily esoteric, it’s simple yet interesting
There are the ones that made me laugh like ‘when you are single’ highlighting the pressures of marriage (typical in African cultures LOL )
“Like ‘pretty Rita!
When are we eating
your wedding rice?’
You drag a smile
with your reply.
‘Nosey Aunty Nosa! tó n bé bí òyà…
(If only you could say it loud)”.
(that springs like a cane rat. Nosa pries into people’s privacy).
In particular, I enjoyed this and also the writer’s humour. Lovely book. I will rate it somewhere above 8/10
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