Okon Ukeme Cornelius Dominic
Hello Readers and Writers!
Today we would like to introduce you to a spiritual poet who uses his words to bring light to those who read them! He also used his poetry to save himself from a trying time in his life and as poetry imitates life, his words reflect his growth! A three-time published author, he is also a hard worker, creating so many poetic works that he had enough material for all three books to be released at once!
Introducing Okon Ukeme Cornelius Dominic!
RL: How did you get started as a poet?
OD: I had abandoned myself to melancholy. She took me off into oblivion. I forgot all I had learned in life. My life was a nightmare. Waiting to be over. I forgot myself and I forgot who I was. When I decided to return to myself, it was through poetry and novel writing. I decided to pick myself from the mud and I cleaned myself with poetry and novel writing.
RL: What's your current work in progress?
OD: I'm working on some novels. 3 already in first draft and not yet edited. Then 6 others still halfway written. I have another set of poems to be published in a collection soon.
RL: Who inspires your poetry the most?
OD: My life experiences and those of others. My consciousness of my own existent and the facticity I live with. I draw similar inspiration observing the moments of pains, joys, and reservation of others I see on the street, through the windscreen of a public bus and also the rush hour public transport experience of Lagos Nigeria.
RL: As with most poets, life creates the events that fuel poetry. Do you think this is true for you? How have your life experiences shaped your words?
OD: Life experiences fuel everything we do in life. Our experience and our decision to either accept our facticity or use it to create a new path of hope and charity either for ourselves or others. My life was lost when I gave in to poverty, failures, and melancholy but when I realized melancholy would only keep me imprisoned in poverty and failure I decided to pick up my only God-given weapon, my talents.
RL: How do your books and poems rebel against the status quo in your genre?
OD: My poems are without rhythms and rhymes and do not follow the standard measure for verses. I write poems that only ignite the fire of love in dark and lonely hearts. Above all, my poems illuminate the dark planets of many souls.
RL: Talk to me about the path you choose in publishing.
OD: I chose self-publishing since I write not to make money, but to put a voice and soul out there for those walking in melancholy and confusion.
RL: You released all your books on the same day! How were you able to do this?
OD: I had already written a lot of poems and when the time came I sorted them into three groups. The moment I discovered I had to let that soul and voice out then I did it.
RL: How do you plan your book releases?
OD: The next books to be released will take a different pathway. I will carefully plan their promotion and proper editing. I want to correct the mistakes of my last publications. I had to use my phone to edit and publish since my laptop was ruined in March of 2018. A lot of interesting stories are coming and well-articulated poems from the honey bee.
RL: Your book covers are vivid and eye-catching! Where did you get the inspiration for the designs?
OD: I got the inspiration from my life story and how I had to peer into the future of what I am. Like I said earlier my life experiences and the lives of those I met daily. I see myself and every soul yearning for something to sustain their inner happiness. Life is a journey in which I'm inviting anyone to come with me and through the paths, I have seen.
RL: How do you manage writing time? Is finding writing time an issue for you?
OD: It was not easy. I got no job and I had 24 hours to share amongst depression, fear, laziness, and reading or research. Haha! I know you must be taken aback. I was a wounded soul injured by poverty and unable to finance my MA in Philosophy neither was I able to get a job. I had to squeeze in writing to gradually replace the others less for reading and researching. Although later on I had to give up reading and researching entirely.
RL: Who is your favorite poet and why?
OD: Rumi. His poetry is about reaching the need of the soul. I got to meet him after I had published my poems collections.
RL: Do you have any plans to release books with material other than poems?
OD: I have three first draft novels with women as protagonists. I have 6 novels yet to be completed and tons of novels still in their scheme and outline phase. Funny enough I have seen Hollywood images of all my novels on my head's hard drive and it pleases the audience in my heart and in my household.
RL: Where do you see your writing career going in the future?
OD: Like stars I cannot predict. I only envisage that I am a nebula my light may only be seen by loving beings whose planets are close to the same galaxy. But when I die my light shall explode and travel far all through the universe. I am amongst those whose light would not be seen due to where they are existentially created to be. Only when they explode in death or at the peak of their writing and knowledge will they be known.
RL: What are you reading right now?
OD: Being and Time by Martin Heidegger.
Logical Investigation vol II by Edmund Husserl
Ideals by Edmund Husserl
History of Philosophy by Frederick Copleston
Books on African education and western colonialism
RL: What can fans expect from you in the future?
OD: Novels and poems that would be an aurora borealis to their souls.
They would be the friendly voice that will journey with them through joys and sorrows, love and heartbreaks, through failures and success, and through fearful doubt and finding the self.