Author Kaya Omodele colors heart-breaking realism (Black Roses in My Garden; Letting Go) with striking, gut-wrenching imagery (Cry My Redemption, Silent Violence, Pounds of Black Ice); learn the language of yearning (Longing For More - published in The Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc. Magazine); listen to the rhythm and the wisdom (Kwayana's Meditation); and discover affirmations of traditions and cultural heritage (Mother to Son, Marcus Garvey Quotes, Jumbie Come to School). Journey with Kaya to Georgetown, Accra, Brooklyn, and D.C., where he experiences abandonment and ultimately finds resilience in a prison cell, during the era of mass incarceration. Cries of Redemption is an eloquent, assertive and inventive journey through a landscape painted in the many hues of Life.
Top customer reviews on Amazon 5.0 out of 5 starsVery vivid, close your eyes and the stories are ... By Taisha Bullockon November 5, 2017 Format: Paperback Very vivid, close your eyes and the stories are tangible! Kaya makes you think and hands you a passport to travel throughout the diaspora. The second coming of Claude McKay, the fire of Walter Rodney, and the teachings of Marcus Garvey Kaya is not knocking on the door with his debut, yet kicking it down!!!
5.0 out of 5 starsMust read!! By Amazon Customeron November 18, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase Very informative, even when entertaining. And very uplifting- about life. Some of everything: urban literature, poetry, commentary. Kaya's debut is remarkable. The poetry, vivid. The stories pulled me in, had me believing I was in the Caribbean, in school, in a dancehall, in Ta-Nehisi Coates book.
By Carlaon December 6, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase I enjoyed every story and poem. This book took me home. It brought back memories that had alluded me. The ring games, the dancing, the wisdom, and the knowledge were all relevant to me. Mother to Son section made me laugh and sometimes yearn for the knowledge that I didn't receive as a child and encourage me to pass practical knowledge to my son. For the Empresses section made me long for such an experience, as a queen. I paused Cries of Redemption to read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates because I'm a mother raising a son and Kaya's review piqued my curiosity. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Kaya.
The poetry and stories have a rawness and an edge that I found profoundly moving. The authenticity, sense of life experience and spiritual growth as you move through the pages is gripping, unsettling, revealing, freeing... in an uncompromising way that is totally absorbing. I have never before shed tears, been angry, happy and hopeful from reading poetry in one book. This book is a lesson on how to surface and share your experience, thoughts, emotions, spiritual journey and much more. This one book captures elements of my own life experience like no other book that I have ever come across.
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"Cries of Redemption" is a travel guide to consciousness. It is a beautiful rendition of the author's journey through life, his observations, and his reflections, all captured in prose and poetry that reflect the influences on his life. K. Omodele takes us on that journey...revealing relationships between the freedom of the mind and the imprisonment of the body, the rebellious child and the wizened adult, the unconscious instinct and the focused mind. This is a book for minds seeking the intervention of truth and beauty in the midst of social and political chaos, confusion, racism and ugliness." Kojo Nnamdi, Host, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU FM, Washington.
Kaya Omodele’s Cries of Redemption draws essays, musings and poetry from every aspect of his life. Multiple lessons emerge from these compelling styles. Emotions are triggered, even more so with the use of the spoken dialect by his characters. (A Rain Season Morning in Georgetown, Eulice’s Love).There is an abundance of magical poems - Life as Art - Omodele’s choice of words forms sentences to project a visual image. Induction of My Past: Inside the Box 2006, E●nig●mat●i●cal 2010, Ital Stew 2006. As I read, it seemed as if I were enjoyinga remarkable and delicious meal. What could dessert possibly be? The author delivers. I highly recommend this book. Valerie G. Coddett Guyanese Writer, Poet and Art Collector A new Caribbean voice from the diaspora who, 'Now wants to flutter throughout the world, dipping and dashing and lifting up with rhythm of the winds, the winds of change." This is a masterpiece of literary writing that draws on the experiences of a Guyanese childhood and an American adolescence. The writer is 'writing to keep warm' but he keeps us all warm with his intelligence and keen observation of the broad sweep of life. Jan Augustin Lecturer (Language and Communication). Antigua State College. Eastern Caribbean
An enlightening and inspirational offering from K. Omodele. What a spiritual journey that will grip your conscience, touch your soul, stir then free your mind. Amazing! Best Selling Author Nika Michelle
The stories & poems connected with me on a deep level where I can visualize Kaya's words which made it come alive!! My favorites: Mother to Son and bubblers! Poppin' & unique. Lee Danja Worldwide
This is a great book! "Cries of Redemption" captures the remarkable experience of a Caribbean boy's nature in harmony and at cross purposes with his environment. Omodele writes an important narrative of a life-journey in short-stories and poetry that shouts to be shared. In "Mass Games", the author connects to and binds the reader within the simplicity of youth as he interprets his basic life lessons. In poetry, "Pounds of Black Ice" brings the reader to solemnity, viewing from inside experiences most of us will never see. Yet throughout "Cries of Redemption", Omodele invites us to ride with his excitement and unshakable optimism as his characters continuously evolve before tumbling us laughing, back to youth. Redeemed. Roseanne Rezven