Friday, February 13, 2015

The Craftsman by Sola Oyefara


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The Craftsman is brimming with vivid stories and imagery and in-depth inquiry into many aspects of human existence from the physical to the spiritual. The poetry collection soars in an expansive and imaginative manner that is both joyous and mystical, and takes readers on a wildly creative exploration of being. This unique collection explores the art of creation – who created, who creates, how to create and how creators tend to lose themselves in their creations – in distinct sections that identify with a unique theme: • The idea that the human being is a meld of different selves in perpetual conflict, constantly sifting human thoughts toward an impulse and ultimately towards activity. • That within each individual is a spiritual seed, urged toward growth and destined to unfold a unique tale. • The Cosmos contracts within each individual. This casts the cosmos itself in new light. The book contains reflections on the nature of original sin, self-observation and discovery, the madness and folly of life, and on the nature of death, as well as the inclusion of African incantations. While the language is lyrical and evocative, the visual art pieces are fearsome – visages of ancient African gods, monarchs and masquerades – spiritual beings as altered manifestations of humans.


  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478741481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478741480

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