Book Review: Questions For Ada


Questions-for-ada-KindleI have been listening to ‘Fire N Gold‘ by Bea Miller on loop. Actually the whole album, Not An Apology, is very much like this book Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo. There’s so much vulnerability and yet undeniable strength in this poetry collection. It’s hard for me to keep quiet about something I love. I go on and on about it and I have not kept quiet from the minute I started reading this book. I have talked about it to anyone who cared to listen(God bless them.)

The truth is, I am not done with the book. Oh, I did finish reading all the poems, do not cry fraud just yet but it’s that kind of Literature you go back to, to find yourself; the song you’ll have on loop all day because of the meaning it carries, because of how deeply it connects to your soul. This book is that song. And when you come to the end of it, you don’t expect it. It’s like this song, you’re just starting to get the hang of it and poof! it has ended, so you play it again, you re-read the words and every other time they make more sense than the last. It is poetry that is powerful and if you ever doubted if words can change a life, you just might have to change your mind. It heals. It has the audacity to call out your weaknesses andΒ  make them an apparel of strength.

Poem No.5

Healing comes in waves
and maybe today
the wave hits the rocks
and that’s okay,
that’s okay, darling
you are still healing
you are still healing.

Yes, they have a sophisticated simplicity to them and expressly written with raw candor. You know, like Hozier music. It draws you in and leaves little but heavy truths you will never forget. Questions for Ada is a book every woman should read. Why, you ask. Ada is an Igbo name for “daughter” and you will find that the poems reflect on womanhood, sisterhood, love, and go the extra mile to empower. Yes, they do.


A woman’s body
the language of her soul
with no apology
is a feared entity.

I shared my favorite poem last week, even though that might have changed as I delved further into the masterpiece but I’ll try to look decisive and say Phoenix is it! The truth, though, is that there’s no choosing when it comes to Ijeoma. You want all of her, and it’s a little unfair that they should expect you to have a favorite song, don’t you think? Can’t you just like many songs, each differently but with the same love?

I loved reading this book really, it must be quite evident. It was hard to finish because I kept going back, not wanting it to end. I’m not getting over it anytime soon, feel free to surprise me with a hard copy of it πŸ˜‰ If I were to rate it, I’d give it 5 stars. Yes, it is that good. I’m not sure though, there is a song I would give 5 stars. It’s so easy to fall out of love with a song but I have loved Maya since I could remember. Yes, I have enjoyed throwing music into this <3.

Questions for Ada

Ada are you in love? Yes.
Is being in a relationship hard work? Yes.
Do you write love poems to your lover?
Every day.
Does your lover believe in you?
Yes, but sometimes I fear my lover does not
comprehend her light.
What do you do on those days?
I bathe her, I play her some jazz,
I fed her, I weep for her.
Describe her in a sentence.
Her eyes carry strength,
her words scratch, she speaks love.
Ada, are you in love? Yes.
Is being in a relationship hard work? Yes.
Who is your lover? Myself.






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