On Yemisi Ilesanmi’s Poetry
May 14, 2013 1 Comment
Yemisi Ilesanmi, one of the newest bloggers on Freethoughtblogs, is clearly a force to be reckoned with. As her bio states, she’s a Master of Law in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights; a trade unionist; a human rights activist; an author; and sometimes moonlights as a plus size model.
But none of that is what this article is about. This article is about her poetry.
Many of the commenters on the Slyme Pit are of the opinion that her poetry is dreadful. One even compared it to Vogon poetry. But this reporter disagrees. Her poetry isn’t bad per se; it could just be formatted less like a poem generated by the Adolescent Poetry Generator.
Here’s an example – the first stanza of her poem Mother Nature, My Explosive Lover:
Beautiful you are
You smile and I waver
You kiss and I quiver
Aroused by your touch
Fed by your smooch
Melting my heart
Twisting my feelings
Swinging my being
With your seduction
Warm in the embrace
Of your blazing love
Watch what happens when it’s formatted more in the style of a standard poem:
We’ve known each other for so long. Your heart’s been aching, but
You’re too shy to say it. Inside, we both know what’s been going on;
We know the game, and we’re gonna play it.
We’re no strangers to love; you know the rules,
And so do I. A full commitment’s what I’m thinking of.
You wouldn’t get this from any other guy.