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  • Published: 7 November 2024
  • ISBN: 9781802065800
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96
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Ceremony for the Nameless



Exploring naming and its power, the remarkable second collection from the award-winning poet and former Young People’s Laureate for London

In Yoruba culture, newborn babies are welcomed into the world, and ushered into the social fabric, through naming ceremonies filled with songs of praise. The names bestowed are communicative both of where the baby has come from – the circumstances of its birth, the atmosphere in the home – and of where its future will take it. Both are forms of destiny.

Far-reaching and musical, Theresa Lola’s second collection explores the act of naming and its role in shaping our identities, our aspirations, what we carry and how we belong. Lola conjures and questions the realities of her dual Nigerian-British identity; traces the lineages of names; asks why some deserve to be named while others are treated as though invisible; and explores the ways our journey through life might require us to cast off old expectations – both others’ and our own – just as at other times it can bring us back, strangely and unexpectedly, to where we first began.

In lyrical, joyful and moving poems, Lola breaks down the complexities of the diasporic experience and the way it is woven through family life, history and memory. Ceremony for the Nameless is an exquisite collection from a thrilling contemporary voice, described as among "the ranks of an exciting new wave of young female bards who are widening the appeal of poetry for a new generation" (Sunday Times Style Magazine).

  • Published: 7 November 2024
  • ISBN: 9781802065800
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96
Categories:

Praise for Ceremony for the Nameless

Praise for In Search of Equilibrium

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Theresa Lola’s poems never fail to surprise with her breath-taking ability to create unexpected imagery; they never fail to move as she laments the last years of a loved one; and they never fail to delight with the transformative and healing power of poetry to create beauty.

Bernardine Evaristo

In Search of Equilibrium is a powerful and rigorous interrogation of a loved one’s death and its effect on faith. Theresa Lola has composed a glorious hymn to being alive and wounded, in a dazzling array of images, psalms, anti-prayers, Hip Hop, strange algorithms, and wiki entries. These are brutally tender poems, carved straight from the heart

Pascale Petit

A bold exploration into the cruel fates that cause a human to unravel. Theresa ’s quest to search both the living world and the dead for answers to the purpose and predicament of her existence are a journey worth joining her on. It is a journey of both grace and humility

Nick Makoha

A deeply felt response to grief and a closely observed portrait of family, heartbreak, survival, and the evolution of personhood... page after page, Lola deftly deploys form, texture, and shape to interrogate the meaning of death and the suffering of family... death and grief may drive the collection, but there are many moments of joyfulness and beauty, and many observations of the daily habits of love

Niroshini Somasundaram, The Poetry School

Lola joins the ranks of an exciting new wave of young female bards who are widening the appeal of poetry for a new generation

Sunday Times Style Magazine

It is rare for a debut collection by a young poet to be so death-haunted, but it is death-haunted in the same sense as Plath’s Ariel and Sexton’s To Bedlam and Part Way Back. The comparison isn’t fanciful. Lola’s writing has a similar vividness and strength

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