O'Mandingo! A Poetic Journey with Eric Miyeni is a compilation of poems that Miyeni wrote over a number of years.
It covers every topic imaginable. The piece that really struck me was The ruins of friendship. It talks about a case of betrayal by a friend, and Miyeni is not scared to express his mind.
In the first stanza he says: I am trying to come to terms with this overwhelming urge to choke you to death in under five minutes.
Throughout the poem, one gets the feeling that he was an angry man when he wrote the piece and was poised revenge.
He finishes it off with: I hate you with all my blood now. I hate you more because I have resolved to smile at your sh*t while I wait for the moment in which your humiliation is defined.
Inasmuch as some of the language is vulgar, the poetry is honest nonetheless. Most of the prose is about love and a man's journey of self-discovery over 20 years.
Miyeni is a very emotional writer and most of his poems come across as raw and unedited, which to me represents the highest level of honesty in terms of self-expressive literature.
The piece Madness has a line that holds true for a lot of people. In the first two lines of the third stanza he writes: See, I'm stuck in my dream and I can't get out to play with my team, which to me represents the ways in which people get bogged down in their own narcissism and forget to live.
The book is worth having on your coffee table, night stand or wherever you keep books that you pick up regularly.