From the beginning of everything, poets have been the greatest of all herbalists, applying balms to every opening on the world’s skin.

And because it’s unarguable that love best numbs wounds, Edwin Olu Bestman chose to be a part of the healing process of our wounded world with a collection of thought provoking romance poems, that will cleanse the perplexity in the heart of readers.

Genesis, the first chapbook that have walked out of the fingers of the poet thus far, is a poetry collection that basically shines light on romance and other broken realities of our contemporary society. The freshness and simplicity of this chapbook is what distinct it from the other familiar romance chapbooks you’ve picked up from shelves. The poems curated in this collection taste like an undiluted honey on the tongues of readers.

Edwin opens the book of Genesis with a very soul healing poem “A Time” which escorts readers into the bosom of the poet to explore his emotions toward his significant other:

“we’re land between two rivers
a valley of hope
let’s float on a tidal love.”

The poet extends this feeling and optimism for romance in a preceding poem Your Place In My Heart:

our feelings will rise above the sun
and this romance is not meant for fun

Furthermore, Bestman uses a familiar metaphor in a very unfamiliar way in the poem Leaving This Island to express his feelings for romance:

it’s an island
& an island without water is meaningless

While riding along the lane of romance with the poet, Edwin Olu Bestman took his reader by surprise as he introduces a sharp contrast of romance in the third stanza of A Lesson Learnt. As the title denotes, after professing his emotions to his imaginary lover, he went on to explain to readers that sometimes love is deeper than what it appears to be. That love is not all bread and butter:

you smoked my heart
when you came around

i felt lost and dissatisfied.”

In the lines of Letter To My Father, the poet sharpens the contrast he’d introduced earlier by summarizing the misery of our world in one line:

in fact, life is a beautiful distruction.”

Here, readers are left to deduce whether or not this line is expanding the poet’s frustration of a failed love tale, or it’s a line that is birthed from the unendurable punches that life has landed on the poet’s face.

Genesis is a holy book of miracles that will bring rivers to deserted lands, and souls and hearts that are on fire. It is the kind of chapbook one needs to read like a mantra in the midst of an uncertainty that is pervading the corridor of our world.

It is my hope that this chapbook does what it has done to me since I scrolled through its pages: comfort you.

Written by: Edwin Olu Bestman

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