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In this powerful and innovative book of poetry and wisdom, award-winning spoken-word poet, songwriter, and performer IN-Q inspires us to question everything we know and see around us and inside us, to discover what matters most.

"Poetry celebrates vulnerability as a strength rather than a weakness. It is a timeless form of storytelling that inspires connection and allows the audience to feel less alone. Experiencing ourselves through another person’s story creates empathy. And empathy is what the world needs most right now." (IN-Q)

Raised by a single mother in Los Angeles, Adam Schmalholz, known as IN-Q - In Question - discovered his love for poetry through hip-hop. At 19, he started performing at Da Poetry Lounge and helped build it into the largest open mic in the country. Since then, IN-Q has traveled the world capturing the hearts and minds of millions. 

Inquire Within is an accessible, rhythmic, and transformative listening experience. In-Q’s poetry contemplates universal issues of love, loss, pain, forgiveness, and belief, and speaks to our complicated lives today, offering us a different way to think about ourselves and our world. Imaginative and highly visual, this beautifully designed work of art reflects IN-Q’s unique sensibility and includes inspirational call outs to challenge our hearts and minds. Profound in its simplicity, incandescent in its power, Inquire Within emotionally delivers with every minute.

©2020 In-Q (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Ok in the beginning

The last hour or so was just straight b.s. and I would also do a refund if it was available, he said he had to unlearn everything he learned as a child which is good but he should have relearned the real history of America

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I was just glad it was over

well, actually I marked it as finished with 30 minutes left it just got really annoying at about the last 60 minutes. If there was a refund policy I would use it.

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awesome!

Love that the author narrated his book. no one could of done it better. you will cry, laugh and feel better after listening to this audiobook.

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inspiring and transformative

inspiring and transformative. i loved it and will listen to individual poems often I'm sure.

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Beautiful amazing poems!

Beautifully written and beautifully narrated.
Love love love this audio book and it inspired me to write more poems myself

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Do yourself a favor and get this book...

These poems will make you laugh, cry and ponder life in the most beautiful way possible. Having heard IN-Q live several times in the past, I was thrilled to see this on audible because hearing him recite these poems himself is everything. Give yourself a gift for your soul and download this book!

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Best poetry I have ever read

The audio book is so worth it because the way he reads the poems takes their power to another level. Great job!

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Intense reflections on the complex human condition

If you like poetry or philosophy or spirituality or deep dives into relatable, sometimes humorous, sometimes painful, sometimes incredibly beautiful personal experiences, all with the voice of exploring and embracing the human condition, both internal and external, but through love, then you should probably listen to this.

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Dope is an understatement

I discovered @inqlife during quarantine and the timing could not have been better. Appropriately named “ Inquire Within ”, from start to finish It felt like the companion we all need to prompt us to ask those questions we were either to scared or numb to ask.
I loved the fact that he started with matters that were outside us but affected us deeply and gradually moved to the innermost intimate parts of ourselves that housed all the answers tend to look for everywhere else. Absolutely brilliant!!!
I hope he continues to do those IG Lives where he just hand out sage advise and light. Folks are out here trying to find answers and had no clue they can just “Inquire Within”.

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Amazing

The way he narrates this book is so good!
The subjects he covers and the depth of each one of his poems are truly amazing. Will reread again and again !

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  • 04-29-20

This guy is a genius

I'm not usually into poetry but this is incredible. So powerful and relevant. The way it's performed adds an extra layer that brings it all to life.

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  • 04-04-20

Fantastic flow and forgotten love.

Poetry is something that I've loved since a kid but kinda lost the love as I grew up so listening to this really got me back in to it. This book maybe short but the messages are clear and felt throughout. Something that is enjoyable, great story telling and performed beautifully. Very inspiring.

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  • 04-01-20

amazing. so inspiring and thoughtful.

would love the text version to follow along too. such awesome poems and a story throughout.

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  • 04-02-21

Content yes rapping no

Interesting content, but the person who read it could just read it, I don't like rap I am unable to finish this book as this rapper is sadly annoying to my ear.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-21

A poet for our times....!

These pieces by In-Q are deeply profound, moving and relevant. His words are like sutras, each time you listen deeper meaning is unveiled. I can’t recommend this book enough. It has inspired me greatly...

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  • Belinda
  • 10-05-20

Fantastic

Get in touch with every emotion as you listen to these fantastic poems by In-Q. I thoroughly enjoyed listening and will be telling many others of his work. Thank you In-Q for sharing your gift and wisdom 🙏🏻 xoxo

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  • Sarah Dinning
  • 05-30-20

Moving, rhythmic and provoking

Here is a true artist. I am so thankful for this audible version as he’s work shines within the rhythm and flow.
So many moments were thought provoking that you need to listen over and over to continue to blow your mind. I have completed the entire book twice in first week of owning and I will continue to play this over and over.
Thank you In-Q for sharing your talent with the world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-20

Pure Joy

An absolute must-listen. INQ's way with words will make you laugh, cry and understand yourself better. Pure joy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-20

Inspired

I’m so deeply inspired by Adam and his beautiful way of telling a story.

I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys the following:
• RAW emotion
• Poetry that’ll put you to sleep
• Comedy
• The voice of someone who has seen love, been love and gives love

Absolutely the kind of thing that’ll both calm you and ignite your fire inside all at once!

Thank you, Adam.

Much love, brother!

- Ollie

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  • Sera Borensztajn
  • 04-20-20

Mind blowing and powerful

These poems are beautiful, inspiring, rich, thought provoking, difficult and hopeful. Despite the short listening time, I just know the impact it will have will be tenfold and long lasting. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-20

amazing poetry easy to follow and listen to

great loved every word , finished over a few sessions. lots of wisdom about life and the universe hidden in these poems. highly recommended.

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  • 04-17-20

Delicious words that delve deep into humanity, the human psyche and bring our humanness to life and light.

A really incredible book suitable for both those who have a love and fascination for words and poetry, and those who are just curious about life and would like to be deliciously and eloquently serenaded by a man who clearly has a depth to his soul and leaves you questioning life, yourself and the part you play in it.

Great book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-20

Beautiful insights and stories

This is a beautiful collection of poetry telling of love, life's light and the dark. There is a poem in here for everyone to resonate with, and many that I did.