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Okornore is a sorceress of words. And in the worlds she has created in this work, the reader is roller-coastered across places and spaces much deeper than the footprints she had splashed across cultures. The issues she scopes out are scheduled in a time capsule of infinite temporalities.
Soul! is what screams at you when you journey through page after page of this delicious collection. From the heavenly to the banal, from the questions of our time to the quest of ages, Aya provides a sounding board for what it means to be human. These sweet verses, minted from the heart of a cosmopolitan citizen, secrete mystery and creativity
Sometimes sassy, sometimes philosophical, Okornore nourishes the desire to read on and connect with a soulful source of erudition.
Aya is a harvest of possibilities.
Okornore strives for empathy; not for the sake of altruism, but because life is pretty much a pot of spoiled beans for everyone in her generation, and it can only be a good thing if we were all a little kinder and were willing to be more vulnerable. Plus, using stories to make others feel seen makes her feel warm and fuzzy inside.
This sentiment is the cause of Okornore’s incessant oversharing, which often has to be dressed up in poetry and prose in the spirit of serving medicine with a spoonful of sugar.
In Aya, Okornore explores themes of loss, ambivalence, anger, confusion and a certain brand of healing, that often presents as madness to the untrained eye.