Lost in a Quatrain…a collection of poems (described as “heart touching” and “soul healing” by readers) each telling a story that puts together the pieces of this crazy, not always romantic, experience we call life…
“… Adiela clearly loves playing with words that flow and dance upon the reader’s tongue. Her skillful 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.” – EDRIS KHAMISSA – International Motivational Speaker
“… 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 savored by seekers of ‘substance for the soul’.. ” – MARY CALVARENE PILLAY
“It takes guts to pour your feelings in a poem” – LEILA SHEIKH – Writer/Producer
“… 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.” – DIVIA NAIDOO – Educator
“She (Adiela Akoo) writes original themes. Feelings which are astoundingly beautiful, she composes them so immaculately in to a fine piece of art. I love her poetry” – SANTIAGO ALI – Poet/Literary Artist
“Akoo’s modern poetic expression is so impressive and influential in the vista of divine romantic pleasure.” – SAYED WASI MANZAR
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Adiela Akoo, a recipient of the prestigious Dux Award, is a South African poet/writer with a background in banking and comprehensive healing.
She has served in various positions including as Provincial Coordinator for an International holistic healing association. But her passion has always been towards her creative side. She attributes the inculcation of her love for the written word to her mother, who encouraged her at an early age.
Her poems and essays first appeared in print in the quarterly literary journal, The Moving Finger. She has since been published in a variety of magazines, journals and anthologies across the world, including Fidelities, Different Horizons, Sincerely Yours, Emotional Journey’s’, Renaissance, Sufi, Nature 2018-2019, Grey Thoughts, 25 Years of Freedom, Tales for Love, and others.
She won the Poetry in my Mind August 2019 Poem Contest with her poem “As You Perceive”, which has also been translated into Bangla and Turkish by fellow poets. “Redolent” was a runner up in a contest by Rui M Publishing. “Pre Natal” was nominated Poem of the Day on the popular poetry site PoemHunter and “Whiplash” was quoted in The South African House of Parliament.
Lost in a Quatrain is her debut collection