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Still Living on my Feet Perfect Paperback – May 9, 2007
Top Customer Reviews
So reads the inscription at the beginning of "Still Living on my Feet," aptly summing up the spirit and essence of this beautiful volume of poetry by the wonderfully talented poet, Ms. Tichaona Chinyelu, whose work I became familiar with by reading her blog at [...].
I had ordered this book a while ago, and since then have been trying to find a way to express its diversity of style and subject matter, its energy and cadence, and the beauty of the poetry itself. I haven't found a way to fully express it, but will simply say that I love this book of poetry, which one must read to fully appreciate.
Tichaona has a rhythm and style to her writing, which just pull the reader along...I could not put the book down.
In many of her poems, Tichaona exhibits a playfulness with words, which makes reading them a joyful experience, as in the poem "The Daily Grind," a sweet and intimate poem on lovemaking.
Many of the poems in "Still Living on my Feet" tell introspective stories, as they regard themes such as love, belonging, racism, gender, or the searing multigenerational effects of colonialism. Some sound as if they are autobiographical, as Tichaona goes from being a teen to a young woman to a mother, and in other poems, she is walking a mile in others' shoes, which she seems to do with clarity and insight.
One of my favorite poems in this collection, "Amandla Awethu I," takes place in Soweto in 1976. Each stanza, written in the voices of the young people, is followed by a one- or two-line response, the voices of their parents, combining to form a wonderful, mesmerizing poem, which moves my heart each time I read it.
Thank you, Ms. Tichaona Chinyelu, for sharing your beautiful and insightful writing with us! You are an amazingly talented writer, with a unique voice and vision to share with the world.
In "Still Living On My Feet" Tichaona Chinyelu proves yet again why one can put any of her works up against Nikki Giovanni's and they will more than hold their own. She is a writer and poet that handles words like a fine artist handles paints and she does so with insight, intelligence and mastery of her craft. In reading "Amandla Awethu I", I was taken from my home into the land of Africa to be present for "Apartheid" through its words. Lines like "Our children shamed us" and "Our children shamed us into defending them" seemed to reach out across the vast ocean and slap me in my face. What was endured by our ancestors here is in so many ways what has been, and is being, endured on the motherland as well.Read more ›
Every poetry lover should have a copy of Still Living on My Feet. However, this book is recommended to all readers of all races, because the messages are timely and heartfelt. After reading twice, I knew I would seek her first book, In the Whirlwind. The only issue I had with this book was there were not enough pages. This reader plans to read this over and over again. Kudos Ms. Chinyelu.