In Search of Equilibrium by Theresa Lola
Theresa Lola’s debut poetry collection In Search of Equilibrium is an extraordinary, and exacting study of death and grieving. Where the algorithms of the body and the memory fail, Lola finds the words that will piece together the binary code of family and restart the recovery program. In doing so, these unflinching poems work towards the hard-wired truths of life itself - finding hope in survival, lines of rescue in faith, a stubborn equilibrium in the equations of loss and renewal.
“Theresa Lola’s poems never fail to surprise with her breath-taking ability to create unexpected imagery; they never fail to move as she laments the last years of a loved one; and they never fail to delight with the transformative and healing power of poetry to create beauty.” - Bernadine Evaristo
"In Search of Equilibrium is a powerful and rigorous interrogation of a loved one’s death and its effect on faith. Theresa Lola has composed a glorious hymn to being alive and wounded, in a dazzling array of images, psalms, anti-prayers, Hip Hop, strange algorithms, and wiki entries. These are brutally tender poems, carved straight from the heart." - Pascale Petit
"A bold exploration into the cruel fates that cause a human to unravel. Theresa ’s quest to search both the living world and the dead for answers to the purpose and predicament of her existence are a journey worth joining her on. It is a journey of both grace and humility." - Nick Makoha