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Full Moon

Article Summary   by:Kizito Brown     Original Author: Chin Ce
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Full Moon, Chin Ce's second volume of poetry is an enticing invitation to the ideal world of poetry where humanity is cast in splendour of dancing fire, dancing moons, magic laughter and serenades of love. It evokes an African night where insects screech like ‘vigilantes of the dead’, where African moonlight and dances come alive in a natural affectation which endears Chin Ce's volume of second poetry to all lovers of nature. Chin Ce's poetry has been compared to Wordsworth's one of the finest Romantic poets of English literary tradition. Themes of love and sublime inspiration abound in this volume. The image of poetic inspiration as molten gold in a snake soft transparency is the beginning of this artistic enterprise in the Full Moon poems. It progresses to an illumination of the poet's universe of life when the reader is enjoined to follow the sound of silence and find that middle course between extremes of light and dark. Chin Ce further seems to assume that only a few would understand his poetry in this volume signified by what he calls his silent passage. It is likened to the passage of the wind that touches everything but is never fully appreciated except by the deeply romantic at heart. This is reinforced in the poetic exhortation to a friend in ‘New World’ to undertake the silent works and to look further deep in the fountain where destination seems to lie.In ‘Dreams’ the poet celebrates love and giving, longing and waiting, receiving and praising.
The subject of love is likened to so many experiences through sadness and desolation, hopefulness and admiration. Love is also the privilege of missing the presence of the loved one, and above all, it is an eternal connection to the spirit aspect of being. Chin Ce evokes tender feelings, gives praises to the heroes and inspirers of great works in his verses, celebrates African tradition seen in his rendering of the New Yam dances of his Igbo ancestral community, and mourns nature's sometimes chaotic overflow of abundance in urban life as in the ‘Suleja Storm’. He also rejoices in friendships in his many recalls of friendly and fondly companies.In Full Moon, the poet says that the reader is invited to seek a reality that comes mainly from the subjective point of view. When articulated, as in his verses, the result is an illumination where new meanings are achieved within the framework of the old. Full Moon thus makes a case for artistic freedom, artistic experimentation and seeks the imagination to create without the limiting influence of orthodoxy and familiar canonical standards.
Published: February 13, 2007   
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