Book Review: KillerNova


The island of Borneo was once the most heavily wooded in the world, and its people have always carved wood beautifully. In Killernova, grappling with his heritage, Omar Musa remixes this ancient art form with fiery poetry forged in the stars. Relentlessly on beat, visually captivating and deceptively intimate, this is a collection of words and art that burns blindingly bright.


“Behind every poem, there is an invisible poem.

  Behind every map, there is an invisible map.

  Behind every you, there is an invisible you.”

Omar Musa once again brings a taste of his eloquent writing. Killernova is a handsomely designed collection of poems penned around the themes of South-East Asian history, oceans, bushfires, heritage, lineage, race, isolation, and addiction of lockdown, with subsequent recovery. 

Introducing the island of Borneo, where woodcarving is often seen as a popular and brilliant skill, Omar has tried to capture the essence of wood and its influence on him growing up. In a way, it is also a befitting tribute to his ancestors. The following poems are the pathway to the history of the homeland, its environmental wreckage, and the exploration into a vulnerable world of COVID lockdown through the voice of Musa.

In parts self-help and in parts poetry, this book is a voice you can’t skip the beats of. The later part of the book opens a window to the verbal landscape of isolation and delusion of thoughts, something I am certain mustn’t have been an easy ride for Musa. Adding another accolade to his credit, Omar Musa has done a great job with this fourth poetry collection. My favourites include PaleochannelThe Living and the Dead, and UnAustralia!

Make sure you grab your copy of this masterpiece called Killernova. It’s available in all leading bookstores.


Killernova was published on 30th November 2021 by Penguin Books Australia. You can purchase the book here.

To read our interview with the author Omar Musa, click here.

Book Details:

AuthorOmar Musa
PublisherPenguin Books Australia
List Price34.99$