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A Visitor Who Belongs Here

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A heartfelt poetry anthology that takes the bad things in life and embraces them for the better.

Luwa Adebanjo introduces her poetry anthology with a beautiful Forward. She explains the hardships and emotional struggles that used to weigh her down. Instead of languishing in despair, Adebanjo implores the reader to embrace the bad and celebrate it. She chooses to view her past in a different light as well as her poems. I found her positivity and strength to be monumentally inspirational.


The first poem in the anthology is title "Grief." It impacted me instantly. I felt a strong sense of urgency and sadness within the author's words. The poem describes what someone wishes to be: happy, carefree, and fearless. The antithetical version of what the author views herself to be.


She says:

"She is not dark, not broken. She is whole and lovely."


Adebanjo's raw emotional topics are what set this anthology apart from most others. A second poem entitled "She likes Boys" tackles the question of sexuality. The poem discusses what society says to young girls from the beginning: "boys like girls and girls like boys." And yet, the author describes her innermost desires that bubble up and pop with excitement. Are all girls supposed to like boys? Adebanjo conjures up sensual textures and smells with a scintillating style.


She likes boys.
She loves the plump softness of their lips. The shy, tentative strokes of theirtongues. She loves their perfume; they often wear perfume. Flowery, smokyscents that linger on her pillowcases.


A Visitor Who Belongs Here by Luwa Adebanjo is a stunning poetry anthology that speaks from the heart and the head. The struggle to find one's place in the world is something most of us go through at one point in our lives. Adebanjo uses her poetry to pour her heart and soul onto paper, lighting a way for those who feel different, alone, and helpless.


Adebanjo's poems are some of the best I have ever read. I urge you to read this anthology. The gripping themes and caress of words will leave you speechless.



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Rachel Patterson's poetry has been published in several literary journals, such as The Penmen Review. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English, and she is completing her MFA in Creative Writing. Rachel lives near Pittsburgh with her husband, son, and three crazy cats.

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About the author

Luwa loves art, writing, binge-watching Netflix and board games in equal amounts. She hates celery, having to write her own bio in 3rd person and deadlines in increasing amounts respectively. Her debut poetry anthology about home, belonging and the joy of survival is available for pre-order now! view profile

Published on February 08, 2021

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