Poetry / Aremu Adams Adebisi
:: Crowding-out Effect ::
the crowd mopped my tears with phatic decimation. the crowd scraped the olive oil on my skin with a strigil. the crowd contended that flames are infectious and suggested we both apprentice them, me with a subject body, they with their predicate tongues. the crowd engineer my mind, my brain, my thought -process, everywhere thinking is they converge to galvanize me into them. i am afraid the crowd may turn mob pretty soon, so i sheathe my strangeness like a ship's bottom protected from barnacles. only the dead are unruffled by loudness, as the living pay the price of breath heaving to breathe again. the crowd are those i share an affinity with, yet they abound in differences that call for spades and graves. we will rather see us dead than share in human diversity. belief is a worrying affect, sticking like leeches to the skin. you say “come to me, come to me, i will wrap you in my robe, put the flames off.” but you are the crowd without a sanctuary.
From the writer
:: Account ::
As an undergraduate of Economics in my final year, I touch on a lot of perspectives, especially relating the social sciences to literature. I hold the conviction that economics is more like literature, poetry especially, with its concept of human behaviourism. For example, once a lecturer came into class and was talking about the crowding-out effect, which originally means the government infringing on ventures that would have been left to the market. But the moment this lecturer was saying this, I got a whole new perspective to it, a whole new dimension: a perspective not far away in meaning from the original meaning the concept has. In fact it was like a complementary aspect to it. Crowding-out here, therefore, should be seen as the pressure of the public on the individuals, the subjective perceptions that everyone are expected to live by, inconsiderate of individual uniqueness. More like infringing on individual rights, like the government does to ventures. The poem affirms the need for an individual understanding towards tolerance, which unfortunately is lacking, even in the most trustworthy ones among us.
Aremu Adams Adebisi is a North-Central Nigerian writer, an undergraduate of economics at the University of Ilorin, and an author of works inspired by natural vastness, published/forthcoming in Lucent Dreaming, Thimblelitmag, Third Wednesday Magazine, The Cathexis Northwest Press, Terse Journal, and elsewhere. He curates ARTmosterrific and serves as an Associate Editor for Elartinia Magazine. He has appeared in the Best ‘New’ African Poets Anthology and 20.35 Africa’s Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. He tweets as @aremudamsbisi and is a lover of sunbirds and sunflowers.