ISBN: 978-0-9981348-7-1
Categories Nomadic, Poetry


Publication Date: October 2017


In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. Cradles was originally published by Nomadic.

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 and demands and attempts to make sense from the impossible. Adeyeye’s language is formally def, investigatory, and 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

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

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

About the Author

Fisayo Adeyeye

Fisayo Adeyeye has works published in Nailed Magazine, The Collapsar, and The Birds We Piled Loosely. He lives and writes in Southern California.

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