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Shades of Bliss – David Nwafor | Book Review

Shades of Bliss David Nwafor

“Shades of Bliss” by David Nwafor is a collection of sixty-four poems that delve deep into the human psyche. The first thing you notice is that it is organized into themed sections, and each section is like a journey through different aspects of life, like identity, resilience, love, and self-reflection.

In the section on “Identity,” Nwafor explores personal and cultural narratives, he talks about heritage and self-discovery in calm tones, reminding one of evenings spent at the feet of wise elders. Poems like “I Come from a Blissland” and “My Mother’s Tongue” evoke a sense of pride and nostalgia in you as you read them.

“Songs in the Wind” is another section which captures the ebb and flow of sorrow and hope, with poems like “Unbreakable” and “Bereft of Joy” illustrating the raw essence of human emotions in the face of adversity. Coming after this is the “Chronicles of a Nation” section which offers a thought-provoking commentary on Nigerian societal issues and collective struggles, urging for change and resilience through poems like “The Unknown Gunmen” and “Build this Nation.” As a sort of consolation, “Praises & Prayers” provides a sanctuary of solace and faith, with uplifting poems of hope and gratitude. Similarly, “Resilience and Hope” reflects the indomitable human spirit, with messages of perseverance and optimism.

The poet displays his romantic side in “Scent of Roses”, with intimate images of devotion in poems like “Jewel of My Heart” and “Words of the Heart.” Another section, “A Cycle of Seasons” reflects on the cyclical nature of life, contemplating the passage of time and the inevitability of change. Likewise, the “Portraits of Memory” section confronts the ghosts of the past and the power of forgiveness.

The concluding section, aptly named “Reflection”, serves as a mirror, inviting you to be introspective in the journey of life.

Nwafor’s poetry collection, “Shades of Bliss”, lives up to its title as a captivating exploration of the human experience. A calm read of these poems offers solace, inspiration, and a renewed appreciation for life’s complexities. You need deep focus and introspection while thumbing through the pages. It’s a 4/5 star for me, and it’s highly recommended for lovers of the simplest and most heartfelt poetry form.

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