Life In The Crucible’ will remind you of the chaotic prancing of a depressed mind posed by the dissenting voices of never-resting demons.
The battle within all of us as we colour existence with our lives can be profoundly depressing. In people, depression manifests itself in a variety of ways. Depression manifests itself in far more severe ways in some individuals than in others. It is quite impossible to comprehend what depression is like without ever experiencing it.
Depression is like a gloomy cloud that follows me around all the time. It’s not always obvious, but it’s there, ready to pounce and make things worse. Sometimes depression is like a dark cloud that you can’t seem to get out of. It’s similar to driving before the sun comes out in harmattan when there’s only fog everywhere and even the car fog lights can’t help you see more than a foot ahead of you. Depression is when you feel like the fog will never lift and you can’t even imagine yourself getting through it. Depression can cause us to feel guilty and blame ourselves for something beyond our control.
Life In The Crucible
In this collection of poems, Oletu Oghenenyore will walk you through the minds of depressed souls whose faces are always lit with the brightest of smiles whilst they are dying on the inside. You will read how the world that scares and scars, nurtures and nips, comforts and confronts drives people into a cesspool of acute sadness, one they try too hard, in futility, to climb out of.
In ‘Life In The Crucible’, Oletu Oghenyore attended to all. He emphasised the soreness of loneliness, as seen in “Traveling Alone” and “Away, Yet In”. The poems paint in vivid colours the crushing hurt that attacks lonely hearts each time their cry for some company is hauled back at them by re-echoing rejections from an ever-busy world.
As there is no perfect art, there is also no perfect collection of any art form. Hence, though ‘Life In The Crucible’ may not be perfect, it is certainly worth the engagement of any curious mind. It will bring to the fore the torturous, unheard tales of depression. Albeit, poetically.
‘Life In The Crucible’ will remind you of the chaotic prancing of a depressed mind posed by the dissenting voices of never-resting demons. It will show you how depression causes the feeling of inadequacy, makes you feel like an eternal failure, even when you accomplish things better than others, and causes a lot of black-and-white thinking, such as believing that if it isn’t roses and violets, you are doomed to thorns. You will see when you have read it that it will call your name in an experience shared, saying, “hey, I’ve been there, and I’ve felt that. Don’t give in yet.”
Writing this foreword has been a great honour for me, and I believe that this book in your hand will throw the same feeling at you. May you find joy. Click here to download Oletu’s “Life In The Crucible” on Poemify Bookstore.