Recent Reviews for Richard E Odilu
Mission Grimache (Short Story) - 10/7/2007 4:50:15 PM|
The fact that English is not Richard Odilu's native tongue perhaps inhibits the natural flow of wordings, but his unbridled imagination grabbed my attention and held it from the first snarl of the approaching dogs to Esther's, "What happened?"
Reading "Mission Grimache" was akin to fighting for my very life while listening to a lecture on the behavioral psychology of interpersonal relationships. My eyes bulged in fear from the vicious attacking dogs as I learned David prayed every night for God to forgive him for defiling others.
As a short story, Mission Grimache goes far in revealing to us all important elements of the cultural makeup of young African men and women and, also, in demonstrating how much we have in common despite our surface differences.
With only minor choice-of-language changes, this story could easily be about a youthful adventure in most any part of the world.
Well done, Richard Odilu. The international flavor of your writing knocks down many artificial barriers.
Millennium Time to Score Some Salvaging Goals in Africa (Article) - 9/12/2007 9:52:06 AM
Richard, we all want to thank you for this illuminating report on the survival and living status of the peoples and countries of Africa. This article is an insightful and informative companion to your poem Operation Rescue.
Because of your efforts, our awareness of the great threat to mankind in this part of the globe has been raised substantially. You have contributed a valuable and noteworthy service!
She didn't see me coming (Poetry) - 2/7/2008 5:26:45 PM
The feel of this poem is intensely sensual, as though a beast is unleashing its preternatural powers on an unsuspecting prey. Even the flow is beguiling and the imagery tantalizing. Nicely done.
She didn't see me coming (Poetry) - 9/29/2007 2:40:42 PM
I really like this. Post more poems.
Operation Rescue (Poetry) - 9/11/2007 9:45:25 AM
Richard, I admire the mechanics of your presentation in Operation Rescue which lifts me off the page of ignorance and social neglect and galvanizes my intent into live-wire dynamics.
Because of this poem and your posted article on Millennium Development Goals adopted by all 191 United Nations members, Authorsden writers and readers will benefit from raised awareness and sensitivity to the struggles of African peoples and countries to raise their standard of living, to reduce widespread poverty, to make bold advances in eliminating hunger and disease and in reducing the alarming childbirth and childhood death rates.
But the results of the organized effort are not uniform. Vast pockets of substandards still need focused attention and contructive help.
For this poem and your companion article posted here at your Authorsden site, I salute you for your great service to such an urgent and worthwhile cause.
She didn't see me coming (Poetry) - 9/11/2007 9:16:59 AM
As is often the case in matters of the heart, one flashes a bedeviling smile and never knows at the time the fire they've ignited. Is it any wonder then, "She didn't see me coming"?
An interesting poem, Richard, about what we see with our eyes but don't perceive with our mind. I like your characterization, "Like the trap of a hunter unsuspecting."
Obviously, when you see people you see more of them than just their flesh.
Burn Again (Poetry) - 9/11/2007 9:04:50 AM
Wow! Insightful! Profound!
This is a great write, Richard.
I'm guessing--perhaps incorrectly--that English is not your native tongue. If that be the case, for you to author this poem is all the more impressive.
I will linger awhile at your den site. I want to read more of your work.