A collection of rich and profoundly resonating poems by Folabomi Amoo, The Sides of Love will touch you in the central fibres of your being, carry you through the dark moments, leave you breathless but most of all, give you hope in the amazing power of this unrelenting force called love. We had a chat with him about his new release.
First off, congratulations on the launch of your collection of poems. How long have you been writing this anthology?
Thank you very much. I worked on it for about a year. I first started with just writing poems as they come. Then as they started to accumulate, the story started to come together.
What a buildup that must have been. Could you describe the main recurring theme of the poems?
It is love. The two sides of it. The struggles and triumphs of two different couples. However, the most important thing is that both parts of the book are told through the eyes of the lovers themselves.
Name three poets whose works have most influenced you.
I am a very avid reader. I read people’s materials and I try to take bits here and there from everyone whose material I read. There isn’t really a person or particular set of people that I can point out to say I was most influenced by.
Interesting. What inspired you to embark on this journey?
The first poem I wrote was in July 2018. I was in a bus on my way to work, and my mind was wandering. The words and the lines started to form in my head, but that day I chose to write them down. I showed a couple of people. They liked it and so the journey began.
The power of good feedback! Could you tell our readers the audience you wrote this for?
There is not really a target audience, but I can say that young adults would appreciate it more, as the book addresses issues common with young couples. But, the book is for everyone who is a fan of poetry.
A number of young people are developing their talent in poetry. What advice do you have for them?
No matter how weird, or different your poems may be at first, just keep writing. The more you write, the better you become and that is just the reality.
Folabomi, what’s next?
I have another book on the way once the dust settles. And I would be releasing it hopefully, in the first quarter of next year.
Thank you very much. We wish you succcess!
You are welcome.
You can read more of his work on Medium