Obsessed with hunger and the mythology of safety, the poems in Cradles interrogate violence, desire, and nativity along lines of both the angelic and the everyday.
"Cradles is an absolutely stunning first collection of poems. Each individual lyric in this book swelters & begs & demands & attempts to make sense from the impossible. Adeyeye’s language is formally def, investigatory, & ghostly punching, writing 'There were no more metaphors for the violence of men.' Get your hands on this book, get your hands shook."
- sam sax, author of Madness
"Fisayo Adeyeye's Cradles is a book of brilliant, miniature landscapes. Each poem painting a vivid picture of place, identity, and our relationships to both of those things. Poems pull you in with lines like 'Mother says having children is like painting in reverse,' and keep you on edge for the entire journey. This is a brave and needed collection, detailed in its language, imagery, and scope."
- Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, author of The Crown Ain’t Worth Much
"Fisayo Adeyeye’s poems are ravenous and radiant. With a keen ear and an attentive eye, he makes visible how the body and the mind hunger for love, kinship, and for the divine. These hungers, of course, are never satiated, but these beautiful poems remind us these hungers are what make us human. His language shimmers with grace and wisdom."
- Eduardo C. Corral, author of Slow Lightning
“[Cradles] catalogs the struggle of making the body translucent… [it] possesses an awareness for environment, language, [and] how they connect and feed off one another…”
- Logan Ellis, author of Planet Songs, from Eleven Eleven Journal