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Nigeria: Book Review – Kasie – a Balm for Loss, Love and Life

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Kasie, which mean “To be Comforted”, Jude says it all and as captured in book’s introduction.

Book: Kasie – A balm for loss, love and life

Author: Jude Ilo

ISBN: 978-978-984-856-0

Designed and Published by: A’Lime Media Limited

Year of Publication: 2020

Reviewer- Salamatu Sule

Kasie is a debut collection of Prose and Poetry for healing of the heart by Jude Ilo. Unlike every other work of poetry, this book is a therapeutics for the losses that we encounter. This collection is divided into three parts namely: Flashes of Pain, Love and Utopia.

It is a dirge dedicated to Natasha, the Poet’s daughter about the heart break of her death at a time when the family was still in that state of mourning the demise of the poet’s father. So, the question is how do you cope with the series of losses that’s so dear to you? In Kasie which mean “To be Comforted”, Jude says it all and as captured in the introductory, this is:

To the angel that left too soon,

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Natasha Nkemdilim Ilo

February 23, 2014 – August 28, 2016

The science of life is that of the “Unity of the Opposites”. While they stand in contradiction to one another, they are also interdependent. For where there’s no life, there will be no death. And where there’s no death, it then means that life had never existed.

The understanding of life scientifically is the coordinated activities of the element of matter. For example, solid, liquid and gas into a being guided by rational thoughts and emotions.

But life outside the understanding of science can be said to be emotional attachments to relationships between individuals either as Parents/Children, Husbands/Wives, Brothers/ Sisters, Friends/Foes.

The impact of the emotional attachment of the individual to the above relationships determines his life and the void felt after death. The void felt in this collection is that of loneliness and pain as the poet vividly capture it that, it is the sort of loneliness you feel even in the midst of the crowd

The pain and fear get more intense, but he slowly

finds answers despite how painful they are and starts