Book Review: Black Coffee & Steamy Nights by Eudiah Kamonjo

This book is about a black woman celebrating the joys of love, relationships and sex in a poetic way.

In Black Coffee & Steamy Nights, Ms Kamonjo celebrates the single woman, the lonely woman, and the hyper and free woman.

She captures her confidence, her hesitations and sometimes her confusion in relationships.

It is a sexually explicit poetry collection.

In How Do I Want it? the poet lays bare the confusing signals that a woman often brings out; wanting to be led and also lead.

I found the girl-on-girl sex scenes more expressive.

I also deduced that the girl on boy relationships as cumbersome and hurtful.

There’s only one mention of girl-on-girl sex being ‘forbidden’

There’s hope, there’s hurt, there’s the pain of being cheated on, there’s picking up from bad experience but above all, there’s an exaltation of hedonism and sexual freedom.

She captures all these in different poems in the book.

A glimpse into: – One of the illustrations in the book, this is from the poem Primal by Eudiah Kamonjo | Black Coffee and Steamy Nights by Eudiah Kamonjo

Nairobi! Madem, mnakulananga vidole kwa mathree? 

That poem about sex in a matatu got me.

Being a sex guide and journalist, her words are relatable.

Illustrations

No, it is not a porn book.

However, the illustrations accompanying the poems are spot on. They create powerful imagery transporting the reader into her fancy and carefree world of sex and relationship.

Within these pages, I found some poems quite telling.

I asked myself, is this her life?

She teaches that there’s no shame in love and in sex.

“No nights are dark enough to hide or stop us,

We are unforgettable and know this, we do!

– The nakedness of tales, Eudiah Kamonjo

Some poems create sexual tension in the reader.

The poem Diani transported me to that world, wholly.

There are also other favourites such as Forbidden SweetnessIn the Night of Your Rain, Stagy Drama, My world (a two-stanza poem that explains much about relationships, phew! She’s a master), Strumming myself and Rasta Dance.

We see you, sisters, celebrates the beauty and prime role women play in society

A good accompaniment for any poetry lover.

However, as with all poetry books, there are some great poems and there are the not so great poems.

I don’t know about the hurt or pain in her life but she sure celebrates sex life.