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.
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