Olaitan Sanya-Abiodun’s Realization @ 30; A Collection of Poems, published in the early months of year 2017, is a compact volume debut. At around 85 pages, it could easily be cast in the shadows on a shelf beside the collected work of other poets. Abiodun writes wittingly. Her encounter with God pushes through her timid, introvert self with a great yearning to expose her mind with words that are not measured. She’s not a formalist and for the most part does not conform to the traditional poetic techniques of rhyme and rhythm but rather has embodied the irregularities associated with free verse poems that make us feel comfortable with spirituality and philosophies of life. Her poem “The House Of God” under the first chapter titled “My Lord” of her book is the first poem that welcomes us into a diary session.
Evidently, there is something I find extremely spiritual and personal about her poetry. The language used and the overall register speaks with expectant emotions that help us in grasping a bit of her experience towards love, the supernatural, unity, reality, death and age. Abiodun’s work may not be lyrical but it is narrative in short stanzas and even one liner such as this “Sweet as sugar cane but bitterly swallowed.” from the poem “Nigeria”.
Furthermore, her work of poems is juxtaposed revealing an importance of union between her and a higher power in Christianity as well as the bond between individuals knotted in matrimony or blood relation. “Weddings” her poem about a longing for love that is legally binding where two lives become one; her “Omoge (A Lady)” talks about the status of being a lady before it leads to the next poem “Singleness” where she contrasts cultural perceptions on being single and the positivity to being singular as an individual identity before expressing her sentiments for a fixed intimacy.