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About the author:
Oyindamola Shoola is a writer, a book reviewer, a feminist, and a blogger. She is also the Co-founder of Sprinng Literary Movement, a non-profit organization dedicated to curating, revitalizing, and transforming Nigerian literature.
Her writings which includes articles and poetry has appeared on notable anthologies like the Bronx Community College Literary Journal for 2016, both Spring and Fall publication , Black Fox Literary Magazine (14th issue) and the Sprinng Literary Movement Anthology for 2016. She has written as a guest blogger for Black Fox Literary Magazine and her works have also been published on Kalahari Reviews. Her book-reviews have been published on AuthorPedia and they are also available on her goodreads page.
Oyindamola is also the author of Heartbeat, a collection of poems.
In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting and playing scrabble. She lives in New York, USA.
You can find Oyindamola on Instagram and Facebook (@OyindamolaShoola). You can also read more of her works on her blog: www.shoolaoyin.com
To Bee A Honey
"...this is for the bee in me that stings and for the honey in me that sweetens..."
The constituents of Oyindamola's reality as a young black female immigrant, have caused an explosion of feminist awakening in Oyin's heart and her readers are the lucky spectators who get to watch her bedazzle us with To Bee a Honey: a scintillating work of art. Throughout the work, we see influences of other powerful women of color such as Warsan Shire, Rupi Kaur, and Maya Angelou, albeit not with the author's intention.
We encounter a poet who does not only revel in the new-found confidence of her scribbling but also in the lush glow of her womanhood. What immediately strikes one upon perusing this work is its aesthetic beauty. This is not limited to the arresting visual images drawn up on the pages but also the arrangement of the lines; with carefully-planned alignments birthing creatively-shaped poems. A perfect example is a poem in this collection titled "The pression," which relies more on the manner of presentation of the words to relay the message, than the actual self-contained meanings of the words themselves.
The poems in To Bee a Honey are unlike what is found in many other poetry collections. They are drawings along the lines of the reader's consciousness.
"At the risk of being accused of over-proclamation, I dare say, To Bee a Honey is a welcome to the future of twenty-first century African poetry."
- Kanyinsola Olorunnisola
- Publication Date:
- 1542954177 / 9781542954174
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5" x 8"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Literary Collections / Women Authors