Why we are where we are
Being a Review of the poetry book “Messing Manners” by Mathew Takwi during the book launch at the Hotel Serena Douala on 9th December 2014
By Mwalimu George Ngwane
Right from the illustration on the coloured glossy cover of the book “Messing Manners”, the writer sets his thematic agenda. A beautiful street with posh buildings is being littered by the mess emanating from our social, sexual and political bad manners. It only takes the sole and conspicuous effort of a woman to use the broom of the poet to, in the philosophical note of the author “sweep self clean and in neatness swing his blessed broom round society for better sanitation”.
The poet’s forty-five poems written in seventy-nine pages in a high quality paper book can be divided into three Categories: (i) Poems of piety (ii) Poems of protest and (iii) Poems of praise.