Poetry is a language understood by few but awed by many. Here comes another contemporary Nigerian budding poet. Odu Ode with great penmanship and new chapbook CALLIGRAPHY OF DEMONS.
Haderotakisblog had an interview section with Mr. Ode during the week and a whole lot was revealed and how the journey of the Calligraphy of Demons started for him some years ago.
Chatting with Odu Ode was like a bright sunny and his enthusiasm about poetry and literature, he exhumes an aura that aligned him with poets of centuries ago.
He told us of the people that have influenced his work, the depression that pushed poetry out of him, his love for teaching and imparting knowledge, and finally, his dreams for the future.
The 26 years old, graduate of Public Administration from the University of Nasarawa State, Keffi, is already working toward the publication of the paperback (Traditional type of publication) of CALLIGRAPHY OF DEMONS and the other poems are going to be added to the forthcoming copy.
Below is another article from a fan of Mr. Ode byOyereyi Zaynab A. Ninche
I would never forget the first time Odu Ode mentioned the title of this anthology; I was smitten and my immediate response was:“wow! That sounds like something Charles Boudalaire could have said “and quickly I referred him to Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil. Just as we are quick to spot that commanding, audacious and unapologetic hint in Boudalaire’s works;
Calligraphy of Demons comes with its own harmony, visual language, aesthetic, and creed. The title (a fine catalyst in itself) makes a statement, standing out as a revealing work of layered poetic language, yet, catapulting us into a depth of intimate, personal and spontaneous forms of expression. Odu is thirsty, ruthless, and unstoppable with the pen. We come to understand the character of his writing instrument, and ways it allows to express itself through the burst of energy sustained throughout the book.
What was one to expect from a young writer dedicated to mastering a fiery demon-tongue? Indeed, it is an indication that this very collection belongs to this age. It is dynamic in its approach in an ever dynamic world. Even when Odu would confess his fear of being detached from the subject of romance, claiming that he was incapable of decorating love ballads with his paintbrush and probably doomed to authoring literature of strongly breed melancholy— again we find an unending quest for the universal language of love. It becomes an intrinsic yet, instructive theme in his writings. Despite the overriding mood of angst and frustration, Odu finds himself digging into his cupid—unique in the way each poem is allowed to unravel itself—so, yes, love has its place in the Calligraphy of Demons.
Meanwhile, whilst some of us still long to harness the pen— deciphering how and why the devil evades us through verse/learning to spell war, death, corpses, in the middle of grief without stuttering/digging into our cupids/ figuring out how colonization can come undone/finding ways to unburn a late-night candle/memorizing the chemical equation for fire/or trying to fathom how death itself eventually dies—Odu seems to have gained full mastery of this penmanship. This book is his fingerprint. In this versified medley of truth, imagery, and vulnerability, all that Odu is trying to say to us is: “I dare you.”
Download the poetry e-book here