Book Review: Born in a Lockdown

Michelle Renee Kidwell
2 min readAug 4, 2021

Born in Lockdown

by Tolu’ A. Akinyemi

Pub Date 08 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 15 Aug 2021



I am reviewing a copy of Born in Lockdown through BooksGoSocial and Netgalley:

Through poetry, poets have always had the capability to travel inward, an ability to create something out of the chaos of their inner world.

This is why poetry is said to be so cathartic, because through it the poet is able to ease himself of his burdens.

Poetry is also a tool for reflection. Oh, poetry cannot be stuffed into a single purpose for it is the expression of human emotions in line and verse, in styles and forms, rhymes and metres. And so, it acts has a way for the poet to transmit what he sees, thinks and feels in his inner world, those abstractions, into something tangible.

When stuck at home in the loud silence afflicted by a world wide lockdown where does the poet turn to? What does he turn to? His inner world?

In Born in Lockdown Tolu’ Akinyemi has birthed a collection of poetry through the pain, the traverse.

The collection begins with a declaration of the poet’s utter despair. And with each you come across poems that are either personal or reflective, or poems that are querying in tone. On how the pandemic disrupts intimacy.

Born in Lockdown is a collection of poetry that is beautiful in it’s simplicity and powerful in its meaning.

I give Born in a Lockdown, five out of five stars…

Happy Reading!

Michelle Renee Kidwell

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge in the light: Helen Keller