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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DON’T LOVE ME IN ENGLISH brilliantly tells the journey of the persona in poetry through Kampala taxi-rides, men’s public objectification of women, the quest for love and the pain of the heart-break and the power of resilience. This wonderful collection highlights issues of gender, religion and culture. A must-read for all teenage girls.
“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.
This book, the first anthology of its kind, encompasses poems collected from 3 different national High School poetry programs. It could perhaps be the only book of this kind in East Africa.