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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth or Dare, March 14, 2001
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This is not my first experience with Andrew Oyefesobi's work. I've had the privilege to read "Sin in Soul's Kitchen", as well as sit in on some of his spoken word performances, and one thing comes to mind...he tells the truth and can stand up to a dare! His work is innovative, intriguing, and forward which is refreshing. It leaves you panting for more. His soulful expressions of life,art,music...puts you in touch with your inner most being in which you find yourself not being afraid to "scratch that itch" and, it feels so good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interlude on Private Thoughts, January 14, 2005
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Giving not only a glimpse, but a full-blown picture of various areas in which most aren't willing to share their full views, Andrew Oyefesobi opens the door to his private thoughts on many issues in our society. He covers the scope and range perused by many, yet only voiced in public by a few. He travels from the domain of familiar poetic renditions such as love, life, and lust. And then displays more serious issues such as justice, power, and respect, in addition to pride and faith in a bold, direct, and powerful interlude of ones' mind.

There are so many eye-opening pieces in this collection that to single one out individually would be an injustice to the others. Oyefesobi visits a spectrum of topics such as integration, political elections, self-love, journeys toward love, and many others. Each poem speaks vividly and forces the reader to listen intently and reflect on the words. My only grievance with the book is the cover. It leads you to believe the book is more of a sexual nature and the title throws the reader off a bit. In spite of this, the author does prepare the reader with the following sentence on the front cover, "Only open minds can stomach another's open soul."

Oyefesobi's writing is intense, and unlike other poets, he has skillfully mastered his voice and the nuances of his deepest thoughts in a manner in which it's not necessary to actually hear him live. ITCHY PRIVATES is an inspiring, intriguing, and informational collection of poetry that will appeal to poetry lovers everywhere.

Reviewed by Tee C. Royal

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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll "Feel" Itchy Privates, January 13, 2002
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Anyone who has read Andrew Oyefesobi's written works knows he has a potent way with words, ones you will "feel"--no matter what the genre. Clearly, the brother is educated, bright, insightful, elegant, informed, bold, and he knows how to "keep it real." This writer is multitalented, and his attributes shine through once again in his latest book, "Itchy Privates."

I enjoyed every poem in this collection; however, among those nuggets that I personally found most enjoyable, captivating, feel-good and/or thought-provoking are: `Where Do Men Go To Die?,' `Deep-Fried Soul Food,' `To: Maya, Phenomenal Indeed,' Whatchu Know `Bout Soul?,' `Jazz Got This Love Thang,' and `Gov'ment Cheese'.
My first experience with Oyefesobi's written words was with his explosive novel "Sin in Soul's Kitchen"--also well worth the read. Just as he does with his poetry, he leaves the reader wanting to be served some more at the end of that twisted story! I have had the pleasure, too, of seeing him perform his poetry live, which I guarantee is a memorable experience for all who attend. He is just as bold, elegant and interesting a performer as he is on paper--if not more. Good bet: Check him out in performance if he comes to a city near you.
But if you can't experience Oyefesobi in person, experience this spirited brother on paper--you'll get lost in his words just as easily...and he'll keep you itching for more.
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