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00000000000 Paperback – February 1, 2001
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About the Author
Andrew Oyefesobi has performed his poetry at venues in New York, San Francisco and Atlanta. An artist, novelist, songwriter and screenwriter, Oyefesobi is also the author of Sin in Soul's Kitchen, a sexy psychological thriller set against the backdrop of the neo-soul music and spoken word poetry movements.
Top customer reviews
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
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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.