They are a part of who we are as a people. They are what make us what we are. For what are we without the stories we have…the tales we tell? But how do you make a tale one of its own? How do you let a tale tell its own story?
What is life but a tale? What is a tale but stories we tell ourselves? What are these stories if they are not representations and imitations of life? And what best way to imitate life but poetry?
Perhaps Nicolas Saperstein was right when he said,
“Poetry is the imitation of the most important aspect of human existence—life—and that’s what makes it so beautiful and necessary.”
T.I Emokaro has chosen the best way to imitate life—poetry—and she does that so beautifully and creatively that you are left to think and wonder why all history books weren’t made in verse. Reading them would have been exhilarating that way.
That is the word. That is how you feel as you journey through the pages of this anthology. It is amazing how the poet is able to put together almost everything that life presents in the confines of her book. She captures life in all the sixty poems in the anthology. There is love, pain, a bit of sadness, lust, anger, joy and everything in between.
Let’s turn the page to excavate the hidden tales of life.