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.
“So I seize the vocabulary of complaint
And transform it into a language of discontent
For long I have endured being soft-hearted
But I can’t bear being soft-headed.
If only words were bullets that shoot our tormentors!
“Those that slice and dice us
Into us and them, we and they
Those that dissect our society into layers of class.
Those that describe us in shapes and size
And see is through lenses of slavery.
“I talk of those ingrates
Those corrupt, carnivorous, hyenas.
Who have stripped Africa naked of her dignity
And plastered her colonial wounds
With bondages of civil wars and genocide…”
CLARION CALL by Nakaweesa Ruth, Mount of Olives College, Mukono
THE SAVANNAH KNOWS NO FRIENDS is an anthology of poems from 13 high schools which are;
Format: Paperback & Kindle
Language: English, Luganda
Number Of Pages: 64
Publisher: Kitara Nation
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“Artistically, it is one of the most engaging anthologies I have read in a very long time. Each poem is special for the way it seems to roll off your tongue. The pattern of rhythm and sound of the words or prosody is enhanced, line on line, by enjambment as feelings spill while carrying the run of the poet’s thought from one line to the next without a syntactical break. The substance of these feelings are so powerful, even tragic.”
– Phillip Matogo, Poet, Author, Critic
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.
“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