TITLE: THE BIG MAN AND OTHER POEMS
AUTHORS: F. O. C. IKWUEMESIBE
NUMBER OF PAGES: 78
PUBLISHERS: WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM, 2019
The poetic vision exhibited in The Big Man and Other Poems is fresh, aptly depicting the diversity of human experiences both in public and private spheres in new compelling ways. The age-old themes that define humanity in every age are masterfully captured in styles that deepen our understanding of them. It is a mark of true genius that, while depicting the beautiful and the ugly, the poet retains the lyrical beauty that is the hallmark of true poetry.
— Abiola Emmanuel.
The collection does not pretend on the culture and customs of its setting. It stirs clear from the pretentiousness of contemporary African poetry and has images, symbols and even diction out of the poet’s culture. In fact, there are poems that are totally written in the poet’s mother tongue. This feat is worthwhile for the poet is lending his voice to poets who uphold the African cultural heritage, language and tradition as an independent and reliable backdrop for creativity.
— Eugene Yakubu
“The Song of our Father is an experimental prosaic poetry that has history, culture, and tradition as its primary backdrop. Opigo’s verses might defy classification because they don’t fall neatly into any particular genre, style or trend in poetry. This is totally new and it is written in the tradition of long-versed and epic poetry like Milton’s The Pilgrim Progress, Okot B’Itek’s Songs of Lawino and even Tade Ipadeola’s Sahara Testament. The collection is inspired by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales only that this covers a larger rubric and canvas than the former.
In this collection Opigo experiments with a style of poetry, we can loosely refer to as “non-fiction poetry”. It has characters that are straight out of Nigeria’s history and even the poet’s life. It has a certain level of originality that gives the collection credence and makes the reader want to go out looking for these allusions in history, textbooks, and other narratives.”