"An impressive debut by Adiela Akoo. Words cleverly woven together, vividly conjuring up pictures, memories and a vast range of feelings. What a priviledge it has been for me to step into each poem and savour its depth"
"...you have found your muse. The poems are beautiful. Though you have drawn from your own experience, most of them are universal and I often thought it could be happening to me... Keep writing."
"Brilliant! Adiela clearly loves playing with words that flow and dance upon the reader's tongue. Her skilful crafting includes depth, layering, tone, rhythm, vivid imagery and the presence of lived experience often provoking deeper thought. A very versatile poet whose poems linger long after you have read them"
"A clever and well versed anthology. Each poem is threaded into a life story. Everyone can relate to her experiences from childhood to motherhood and the prospect of death. The 'wall' that the poet seems to have built around herself finally collapses as she bursts forth... This anthology leaves you with wanting more - great reading in any weather..."
" ...so elegantly articulated in purity of thought. I was compelled from the first skim to complete the book in one sitting, captivated, as I paralleled your journey of life's questions. This anthology captures your essence of innocence, love, awareness and detail savoured by seekers of 'substance for the soul'..."
"I love this book, it touched my heart" 5*****
The poem Whiplash from my debut poetry book, Lost in a Quatrain, was quoted in a speech in the South African House of Parliament. (Excerpt of speech on my website
)"A whipping tongue scathingly lashes a false sense of power failing to reflect that a tongue portrays the character of the possessor" - Adiela Akoo
Poet, Adiela Akoo was nvited as the Guest of Honour at the MSA's opening event of the year and interacted with some promising young poets from the UKZN Pmb campus
The poem "Pre Natal" from Lost in a Quatrain by Adiela Akoo chosen as Poem of the Day by PoemHunter.comread the poem here: https://adielaakoo.wixsite.com/writer
Poet Adiela Akoo, exclusive interview by veteran South African journalist Farook Khan, on the show "90 Minutes with Farook Khan". Included poetry readings from Lost in a Quatrain