Consistency, they say, is the hallmark of writers. And in John Onyeche, we have found a budding writer who understands the intricate value of consistency in art. This can be seen in the numerous chapbooks to his credit, which 25 Atonements is a part. The value attached to art by individual writers is dependent on individual understanding of it, hence, it is intricate, in that some still do not understand that it's why they still dawdle behind.
In this collection, as it is the thematic mug of Onyeche's—(but only Onyeche’s?)—poetry, we find grief, wishes, prayers, dreams, lighting the edges of skin-bare metaphors and imageries. It is not the fact that the poems discuss the subject of grief, but that it is reflective of a moment, a trend, a reality...and, as the poems bear private undertones, it becomes autobiographical.