Poet Ebereonwu C. Tochi has published his third poetry collection ‘Another Me’, reaffirming the truth that poetic licence does not solely belong to art professionals.
The 92 paged collection of some 64 poems, segmented into three parts, reflects the author’s philosophy, beliefs and experiences. The poems speak of the poet’s state of mind – a philosophic turn by all indications – that evoke deep feelings and address many a life’s struggles and subjects, as love, trust, religion among others.
Speaking of the publication and his ability to sustain a writing career alongside a non-artistic job, the former finance turned communications expert in a multinational company, described writing as his passion.
Tochi finds poetry as a means of identifying and contributing to creation no matter how little. ‘‘I strike a delicate balance as a lot of domains struggle for my attention. Poetry is different. It is on its own. You must be in the mood of poetry to write poems. Your poetic licence must be in tune with reality.’’
The author noted that his non-artistic educational background plays a large role in his writing/publishing consistency. He noted that unlike writers from artistic background he is unfettered by the many rules of writing and poetry, which can prove a pitfall. ‘‘Rules stop them from writing. They have filled their heads with all the rules that they don’t have the courage to write for fear of making mistakes or being criticized.
‘‘But people like us are not weighed down by the rules. We just write to express ourselves without any fears. In fact, the more I am criticized, the better I get. Most times, people involved in literary criticism don’t write.’’
Open to readers of all ages, Tochi noted some of the love poems are drawn from lived experiences that readers can relate to and can domesticate.
‘Another Me’ is the poet’s third poetry collection, after Burden of Solitude, and Beyond the Storm. His other works include prose works; Lost Laurel and This Sugar is Coated with Quinine.