Date Published: 08 May 2020
Publisher: The Roaring Lion Newcastle Ltd
A Booktiful Love is a collection of poems that deal with the entirety of human experience in its various forms. Didactically rich, the poems explore ideas ranging from love, relationships, and patriotism to marriage, morality, and many other concepts pertinent to daily living.
Given its variety of themes, what unifies the poems in this collection is the simplicity and ambiguousness of language which the poet employs. The poems draw their strength from their clarity and meaning.
These are poems with a purpose. Poet Tolu' A. Akinyemi didn't shy away from this fact, as he wrote in the poems "Writers" and "Write for Rights." The poet's philosophy is evident in this collection. To him, a writer is saddled with the responsibility to use his words to teach, preach, and fight for freedom.
"Let's change the world, one writer at a time,
Write those words till the world gets it right."
Another special attribute to this collection is the poet's experimentation with words. This is clear right from the title. The poet identifies himself as a creator of words. The reader is obliged to travel into the mind of the writer in each poem, to understand how his mind works. As readers approach the end of this collection, they not only become engrossed in its didactic richness, but also will appreciate the uniqueness of the poet's style and the sense of responsibility he carries.
What was your main drive to write this book?
I wanted to write a book of heartfelt poetry that poetry lovers and non-poetry readers will find accessible and relatable. A poetry collection written in the eye of an observer who understands the issues that affect us all.
What do you hope readers will learn by reading this book?
I wanted the readers to know that their dreams are valid, that love can be “booktiful”, to understand that it’s okay not to feel okay, and not to “sleep” so life doesn’t pass them by and all the other booktiful messages interwoven in this collection of heartfelt poetry.
Did you do much research when planning this book?
Carrying out research on some social issues is always a great idea, however most of my writings have to do with spontaneity. When required, I researched on topics to ensure my statements were correct.
Did you have any main people who helped you in the process of this book or influenced you to write it?
The book title itself was inspired by an Author Friend who was nominated for an award on Goodreads and I had gone to vote for her and the inspiration for the poem came. However, the poetry collection was influenced by everyday events.
How long did this book take you to write from initial thought to hitting publish?
It took less than 9 months from ideation to publishing.
Do you have plans to
write more about this topic or new topics?
I have two poetry collections out in January 2021 “Black ≠ Inferior” and “Never Marry a Writer”—which will have a similar style to “A Booktiful Love”. So, there is more to come from this booktiful mind.
About the Author
Tolu’ A. Akinyemi hails from Nigeria and lives in the UK where he has been endorsed by the Arts Council England as a writer with “exceptional talent”. Tolu is the author of seven outstanding books, one of which is a collection of ‘short essays’ encouraging you to “Unravel Your Hidden Gems”. The five other books form the basis of his poetry collection, ripe for future growth, and which includes Dead Lions Don’t Roar, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark, Dead Cats Don’t Meow, Never Play Games with the Devil and his latest release, A Booktiful Love. He has also authored a widely acclaimed stellar collection of Short stories titled “Inferno of Silence”.
A former headline act at Great Northern Slam, Crossing The Tyne Festival, Feltonbury Arts and Music Festival, and featured in various Poetry Festivals, Open Slam, Poetry Slam, Spoken Word and Open Mic events in and outside the United Kingdom. His poems have been published in The Writers Cafe Magazine Issue 18 and 57th issue (Volume 15, no 1) of the Wilderness House Literary Review and many other literary outlets.
His books are based on a deep reality and often reflect relationships, life and features people he has met in his journey as a writer. His books have instilled many people to improve their performance and/or their circumstances. Tolu’ has taken his poetry to the stage, performing his written word at many events. Through his writing and these performances, he supports business leaders, other aspiring authors and people of all ages interested in reading and writing. Sales of the books have allowed Tolu’ donate to charity, allowing him to make a difference where he feels important, showing that he lives by the words he puts to page.