TITLE: Inside, I am just like you
AUTHOR: Seye Kuyinu
REVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola
PAPERBACK: 254 pages
PUBLISHER: Pressi.ng; 1 edition (September 5, 2018)
In addition to reading good books, I saw tremendous improvement in my writing when I broke out of the conventional writing cage. I broke free from the idea that poetry can only come when you do not have writer’s block, and you are sitting alone with your wise-words-hat on. I broke away from the idea that good poetry could only come amidst silence and deep thought. I began talking more often, to people who had similar perceptions about common social topics. I learned to have intelligent conversations, where I could derive meanings and lessons that would be beneficial to a third party.
Reading the preface of Inside, I am just like you by Seye Kuyinu, brought reminiscence of great friendships that I have made in the past four years. Relationships that may not have happened if I continued to be quiet as a proof of a “poeticness” I did not fully understand or choose to judge people by their physical appearances. I have Latino friends who share similar experiences despite having a different description through words. Recently, I was slightly curious and judgmental about how international students at the school I attend wear expensive clothing despite having no jobs. I found the courage to ask an Asian classmate about why many of them chose not to work, and she explained the working conditions they were limited to, due to their immigration status. The conversation went on to compare the educational system in China and Nigeria, and very interestingly, we found common ground in our cultures. I thought to myself that “inside, I am just like you.”
I have read Seye Kuyinu’s other books titled: Things I Wanted to Tell You In Other Words, Dates and All Those Things I Tell You, and Good Morning! All of which are equally well penned. As a writer, I am very curious to know how the progression of his experiences have impacted his writing and if there is fear of not meeting improved expectations when returning with a new book.
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