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If you get a nagging itch, do you dare scratch yourself in public? Author and poet Andrew Oyefesobi accepts this challenge with the release of Itchy Privates, Scratching the Poetic Surface of Private Moments in Public Domains.

The poetry in private thoughts has crept into the public domain. The advent of poetry readings and spoken word forums exposed poetry's private parts- to be inspected at whim.

Oyefesobi's multiform compilation employs the concept of "private goes public." Private thoughts are catalogued by corresponding public domains (universal truths/motifs from which such thoughts grow). These domains (power, justice, respect, pride, love, lust, life, and faith) are classified by corresponding parts of the human body (mind, hands, gut, shoulders, heart, loins, eye, and spirit). The thematic thread of the collection stitches the parts together to construct a whole (or holistic) body of work that speaks to the new voyeuristic nature of poetry.

In the foreword of Itchy Privates, Oyefesobi stresses to would-be critics, "Utimately...judges live in courtrooms, and only open minds can stomach another's open soul." Oyefesobi not only opens his soul, he tackles issues, offers tributes, laments loss and celebrates life.

Itchy Privates includes a mosaic of intriguing pieces like "Offbeat Brand of Justice," a peak into the head of the defendant in the O.J. Simpson trial; "To: Maya. Phenomenal Indeed," a tribute to poetess Maya Angelou; and "Jazz Got This Love Thang," a lovemaking-session with one of American's greatest art forms. A visual feast compliments Oyefesobi's literary food for thought. In addition to reading privates, readers get to view them. The poetry collection is sprinkled with the striking black-and- white photography of Shawn Dowdell.

With an explorer's thirst for understanding, this young poet takes a private trek through mind, body and soul in the form of a public journey. Sometimes punchy, sometimes poignant, sometimes prophetic, Itchy Privates prickles you with a burning desire to publicly air part of your private self-challenging you to scratch that itch.

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Andrew Oyefesobi has performed his poetry at venues in New York, San Francisco and Atlanta. An artist, novelist, songwriter and screenwriter, Oyefesobi is also the author of Sin in Soul's Kitchen, a sexy psychological thriller set against the backdrop of the neo-soul music and spoken word poetry movements.

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