Clinical Blues is a balanced diet; a complete dose. There is at least a poem for every human situation.
The actual success of this collection is in many instances. It goes beyond its fullness in the development of themes that resonates from one to another, but more about its ability to make a success of poetry which becomes music on page: bringing coherence and fluidity that makes poetry a normalcy. Mindless of the abode of dictionary demanding words, you will read Ajayi, and feel medical terms are his regular lexis.
Dami Ajayi subverts the quotidian milieu and order.His best poetry throbs with verve and import. His medical training lends a measure of depth to his appreciation of being and existence. His next collection deserves to be waited for with baited breath.
–Uzor Maxim Uzoatu
While CB will be particularly relevant to both faculty and students working in the field of Literature and Medicine, it will generally be appealing to all those who are keen on understanding the shifting vistas of modern Nigerian poetry in the 21st century.
Clinical Blues, here, perhaps, is the writer’s reminder to himself of how easily life slips from our fingers. It is this courage to look into the mirror and tell one’s self the truth, of what life really is. It is this gallantry that crowns Clinical Blues a success.
It is safe to say that in Clinical Blues, the true realities of the Nigerian youth was sufficiently represented, if not all together—celebrated.
– Mitterand Okorie