DECOUNTRYRIZED is a tale of a lonely African soul seeking refuge from war. Having left her country as a child in search for peace, Acha and her family eventually settled in Uganda and this is where Acha tells her story. The poems are a painful reminder of the effects of war on Africa’s children but the books also filly the reader with hope that someday peace shall be achieved and the writer and her family will be able to go back and settle home.
“Say goodbye to a refugee when you see them smile
That would be a dream from a thousand miles
Of peace promised by historically corrupted minds
Who never answer to Peace.
“Say goodbye to a refugee when you see them cry,
The guns and runs and bomb-blasts made their land dry;
Their hearts steady
Hard like stone,
Every tear a signal
Of dying faith
Every drop a hope gone
“Home is fairytale
Home is hell
Home is hot enough.”
ACHA DIVINE PATANDJILA LERATO is Congolese national born in 2000 in South Africa. In 2015 her family sought refuge in Uganda because of insecurities back in DRC. In 2018, alongside her friends, she helped to initiate the Greenhill Academy Poetry Club where students would gather every Thursday afternoon and share poetry. By the end of 2018 she joined VERSE IN VAC, a poetry program run by Kitara Nation that focuses on developing theatre and written poetry. Under this program she was able to write and perform poetry in a number of theatre productions thus stepping out as a performance poet. This is her first poetry collection.
Format: Paperback & Kindle
Number Of Pages: 68
Publisher: Kitara Nation
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“A nation turning into a mortuary” as an “experiment in human suffering”. This is an example of how powerful Richard Otwao’s poetry is: using deceptively simple diction and imagery, he vividly captures the tragedy that African countries have suffered in different situations of war, dictatorship, deprivation, disease, and insult, to mention but a few. With delicate irony and humour, he shows us that not all is lost, for if we mediate upon our deeds and will ourselves into loving our fellow human beings a little more, we can salvage something from the mess we have put our countries, and ourselves, into.”
-Dr Danson Sylvester Kahyana, Senior Lecturer in Literature, Makerere University
“On the whole, this book is a triumph for the author and The Poetry Series by KITARA NATION. The lexical arrangements uplift its rhythm with a triumph of apostrophic repetition that is typical of Kitara’s style (For the mood has changed/And the boys have changed/ And the girls have changed/ And the boss has changed). Each part of the book (which is accompanied by illustrations) is heightened to the echo chamber of history. Oh yes, these words will ring through time.”
– Phillip Matogo, poet, author, critic.
“I think of Rusho’s LIGHT as an act of taking the veil off the world; of the man he is, and that of the people around him. I am deliberate about calling it an act because it’s memory in motion. Each poem dances below a bulb at its own tempo and intent. Some of them seek it, the spot, while others avoid it so that the pains and injustices in their bodies aren’t seen. But a lot is on display still, even during moments of darkness. Questions about gender and the human body, loss, relationships, the country, self, and so on. I admire the bravery by which he writes about himself. What drives a man to speak about himself with such honesty? The only way to find out is by diving into the poems he presents as a mirror.
-Lule ssebo Lule, author of OGENDA WA?