Title: FOR BOYS WHO WENT
Author: Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau
Number of Pages: 41
Publishers: Words Rhymes & Rhythm, 2016
Agarau’s poems not only whisper to the readers’ minds, but the verses keep echoing until understanding is attained. He is a poet worth reading.
— Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
Agarau ventures into the murky waters of social criticism with a unique insight into his thematic conceits. He weaves himself into his lines with such finesse that makes him not only empathic with his characters, but he shares their dreams, pains, and, may be, gain. His stylistic propensity is not only fluid but authentic, making his story rich and reaching. His choice of words is unapologetically genuine, making his subject matter real and connecting. Very few writers can seamlessly weave multiple themes with such depth of passion and engagement articulately without certain amount of intrusion as Agarau has done. This collection sets him apart as a poet whose voice will be heard many generations to come.
— Funso Oris
Rich with poignant lines and images that stare back at you in three dimension, Adedayo has demonstrated what it means to be at the fore of the literary revolution happening in the continent. Every line here dazzles with outstanding brilliance; the dexterity ripples from poem to page; from the first line through the length of the book. The tropes are arresting and liberating, all at once. The themes tuck at the reader’s mind with the valid points they raise. Undoubtedly, a fine first offering.
— Chibuihe-Light Obi
This right here is a poet of illusion and mirage. In this hour in which anarchy has become the new form of stability, in which sorrow has lost its value, the splendid poems of Adedayo Agarau give us an alternative—a world where normalcy reigns. Where boys learn to throw themselves at the world. Where girls stand their ground. Where parents sing from their palms. Before now, you close your eyes to experience this kind of world, but here you can open those eyes, all thanks to Agarau’s gift for the futuristic.
— D.M. Aderibigbe
In searching for answers in memories and looking at places and people that are caught up in recent events that has defined our country in recent times. Agarau has written a book of poems, his first offering, that will wake us up into the world as he sees it. From rooms that stink of formaldehyde and death to farewells, he has given us a body of poems that are extraordinary as they are haunting, he has coated reality as he sees it with beauty. This is a wonderful debut from a poet full of promise.
— Romeo Oriogun
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