Lost in a Quatrain by Adiela Akoo

Lost in a Quatrain is a relatable, inspiring and thought-provoking read on a journey to becoming, a journey of hope and healing. 

Written over an 18 year period, Lost in a Quatrain is a select collection of deep, must-read, soul-stirring poetry with each poem telling a story that pieces together the puzzle of this crazy, not always romantic, experience we call life…



– SAIP Awards 2021 – First runner-up, poetry

– GBC Awards 2020 – author nominated top 7 ‘Most Promising Literary Influencers’

– Author included in ‘Best New African Poets of 2020’ series

– Author included in ‘Best Emerging Poets of 2019’ series

– Semi-Finalist – AUTHORSdB Book Cover Contest 2019

– Silver Star Award, ‘excellent contribution to world literature’- Global Literary Society 2019

– ‘Pre Natal’ nominated ‘Poem of the Day’ on the massive poetry site, PoemHunters

– ‘Redolent’ runner-up in a poetry contest by Rui M Publishing

– ‘Whiplash’ quoted in a debate in the House of Parliament

– ‘Within’ – Cert. of Excellence: Demo Gog & Everychild Lifeline Foundation Int. Literary Award


-“You are a ‘Tiger Butterfly’ and this grandma has often been sore! Wise words, deep thoughts, lovely images, and through it all shines a loving and perceptive woman. I shall return to it with pleasure and sometimes tears.” – DR MARGUERITE POLAND, Best Selling & Award-winning Author of Shades, Sins of Omission, & others.

-“Adiela clearly loves playing with words that flow and dance upon the reader’s tongue. Her skilful crafting includes depth, layering, tone, rhythm, vivid imagery, and the presence of lived experience often provoking deeper thought. A very versatile poet whose poems linger long after you have read them.” – DR EDRIS KHAMISSA, International Motivational Speaker, Author, & Educator

-“When you truly reflect on life, you come up with such creations. I like the way Adiela (Akoo) has weaved simple poetic stories out of the complex strings of life in which humans remain entangled. From social to soul exploration, all has been done and depicted neatly in this poetic beauty. As a poet, I especially relate to the poetry style that is made very understandable, yet churned out of an ocean’s depth.” – RUCHIKA PAHWA – Poet/Author

-“One of the most beautiful poetry collections I’ve read this year was Lost in a Quatrain by South African author and poet Adiela Akoo. There were many poems that I could relate to and others pertaining to moments in South African history. Lost in a Quatrain includes several deep pieces such as “Not Enough,” “Broken Winged Bird,” “Are YOU Ready?” “As the Rain Pitter-Pattered,” “Wrapped Up,” just to name a few. There are many and I enjoyed them all.” – NADA ADEL SOBHI – Poet & former Editor-in-Chief of “The Muse”, Cairo University.

-“Lost in a Quatrain by Adiela Akoo is a wonder in its simplicity yet complex topics spoken about poetically with truth. As a South African poet these words vibrate from the writer with such honesty and the need to be heard. This is not flowery poetry or sonnets of love but at just a little over 50 pages it is one woman’s voice that speaks for so many.’ – Linda McCutcheon, VINE VOICE

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Written by Adiela Akoo

Adiela Akoo is an emerging poet and author of ‘Lost in a Quatrain’, which was First Runner-Up for poetry in the SAIP (South African Independent Publisher) Awards 2021, among other accolades.
She was born on the 4th of May in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, though mostly raised in the neighbouring city of Durban, where she received the DUX Award and also had the honour of representing the city in collaborations with other UNESCO Cities of Literature.
With a background in banking and comprehensive healing, she has served in various positions including as Provincial Coordinator for an International holistic healing association. As an ambassador of literacy, she also volunteered her time in the position of vice chair of the Literacy Association of South Africa, (Litasa), KZN. But her passion has always been towards her creative side.
When she is not writing, Adiela loves creating art and crafts using mixed media, spending time with her family, watching movies, playing scrabble and chess, creating in the kitchen, or chatting to the birds out in the garden,
Her long awaited second collection is forthcoming from Quilled Ink Press
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