TITLE: THE BIRTH OF ILLUSION
AUTHOR: JUMOKE VERISSIMO
PUBLISHER: FULLPOINT PUBLISHING
YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2015
JumokeVerissimo’s second collection of poetry, The Birth of Illusion (Fullpoint, 2015), like her first collection I Am Memory (DADA Books, 2008) attempts to conquer or master the untamable by straddling humanity.
In the Birth of Illusion, Verissimo lays claim to the body – hers and the bodies of her subjects – as well as the forces of nature, and commands them to act beyond volition. Intention becomes a suspicious accomplice working with a poet who is past niceties and done coercing country/continent/emotions/lover.
The book of 61 poems in 3 parts takes on the big contemporary and political themes of the day – migration, war, failed systems – and the very personal – love in stasis. But, where the lines in I Am Memory are lucid for the most part, the lines in The Birth of Illusion are not always accessible. Here and there, meanings get lost in the morass of reality and the many plights that engross the poet. What you go away with is the unmistaken, invocative feel.
By Kechi Nomu