The Oasis of the Soul by Charney Akala
Reach publishers, 2019
Soft cover, 60 pages
'Marooned. Stranded and Forlorn. To the tempest of the self, of delusion and scorn. Stripped down. Scorched. Deserted and mourned. But I survived to tell the tale.
Charney Akala presents a collection of poems and short stories that explore abstract ideals unfolding around the human psyche under varying themes that from a distance, appear separate, but upon closer inspection, are intertwined, intricately woven together to form an identity. The self, together with the truths and heart of this concept, are discussed in-depth with unwavering vigor and candor throughout this book, striking a unique balance between: furores and apathies; passions and clarities. The most enduring theme is the desert where the book is set. A place of bareness , a place of nothingness, a wasteland where it seems nothing can grow. This is where Charney Akala begins his journey for the oasis of the soul, an enduring theme of a hope once had and thrice forgone.