i tried to wait for you • i didn’t want to leave without seeing you • but something came up • they said it was urgent • that it couldn’t wait • i wish i hadn’t listened • i wish i waited • i wanted to be there when you first opened your eyes •... Continue Reading →
your smile is likethe dirtiest page of my favorite book,the one I land onwithout even meaning to,the one that driftsto the front of mindin the middle of the night,the one i have read a thousand timesbut i still get surprised by,the one i reread every daybecause i’m sure its magicis the kind that can never... Continue Reading →
if you ever looked in my direction,i would have come running.if they said you'd be waitingfor me at the finish line,i would have defeated the wind. and even if, God forbid,i didn't find you there,i would send the windto find your scent,then i would set up campand waitfor you. and if;by sheer bad luck,the wind... Continue Reading →
I woke up sooner than I wanted tobecause you sneaked into my dreams.I’ve been trying not to think of youbecause every time I do,the cracks in my heartwiden a little.I talk to God about you.I ask Him to lighten your load,to watch over you;I don’t know what I meanbut I think He understands.In the dream,... Continue Reading →
Of being voiceless
when i am all alone, i feel like i don’t exist
Stocktaking: Chapter 25
Dearest reader, I know it’s been over eight months since we spoke; two hundred forty one days to be exact. Believe me, I tried to find my way back here but the waves of life kept pulling me further away. I’m sort of back now so let’s try this again, shall we? What I’ve been... Continue Reading →
Stocktaking : 2021
A review of 2021; home and away.
“These Things” _Book Review
A delightful review of my poetry collection: These Things.
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Okay..Grab a seat. Let me tell you about “These Things”.
“These things” is a collection of poems and prose by Elizabeth Awori. The author uses the two genres to deliver a great deal of impassioned poetry and coherent prose thematically connected and deeply rooted in personal experience, and general societal themes.
Written in mainly two narrative forms; first person and second person, the book conveys hyper imaginative thoughts, feelings and ideas. The author uses a simple but heartwarming diction combined with exquisitely designed figurative language to tackle complex themes and Ideas such as; love, loss, pain, rejection, sexuality and boundaries, faith, growth, equality, acceptance, among others.
Elizabeth uses snappy description to construct a wave of imagination to provoke a great deal of emotions and feelings of love, nostalgia, melancholy, disappointment, peace and betrayal in the reader’s mind. Her…
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These things, a poetry collection by Elizabeth Awori.
A beautiful review of my poetry collection.
In her debut collection of poems, Lisa talks pain, love, heartbreak and home. Her poems about love and pain are so relatable; so much that she sucks you in and drags you along; you become one with the persona. In the first section of the book, she writes about love in glowing terms with the flowery images of the sun, the water that doesn’t drown but quenches. It’s all bliss and beautiful. She praises her lover and revels in love.
The second section, though, strikes a sharp contrast. What was rosy and beautiful turns bitter. The quenching water now drowns, she becomes a rugged, a baggage-carrying girl, a deserted house, one who dreads home. She relays the pain in this section so vividly that it moves you. The persona stands right in front of you, and her pain beckons your own pain.
Let’s talk about the themes. Simply put, these…
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“The last time anyone made me feel this way, I ended up in ashes.” This thing is familiar. I know it all too well. First it feels necessary, essential, like a cup of tea after a heavy downpour. A tiny antidote for a thick poison. That’s how it feels; like an antidote. An antidote to... Continue Reading →