Beautiful Shards Of A Maiden Pot

This unique collection of poems present the new and recharged African voice— a fresh narration in Evelyne Ongogo’s “women are some kind of magic” style. She spins these devastating, lyrical and“storytelling” poems in a dreamlike style. These 37 narrations seem to say they are more than poetry; it’s a memoir; it’s a civil discussion between brother and sister, husband and wife; it’s a witch hunt; it’s a quarrel; it’s a thanksgiving; its a lamentation; it’s a dirge and a eulogy; it’s a gossip; it’s a lullaby; it’s a tearful coming home affair; it’s an expression of love brewed in the African pot.

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Book Details

Format

Paperback

Genre

Contemporary African Narrative Poetry

Publisher

Oba Kunta Octopus

Publication Date

December 2019

Pages

129

Language

English

ISBN

978-9966-131-89-8

About The Author

Evelyne Ongogo

Evelyne Ongogo

Evelyne Ongogo is a teacher, writer, poet and a motivational speaker. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Business Studies from University of Nairobi. Much of her published and unpublished work are in the genre of poems and short stories, mainly focussing on cultural issues in the present African reality. She is also a passionate writer of children’s stories. Her work also shows how the past affects the present African situations and challenges. Her poetry has yearly been published in the Kenya Music Festival syllabi and performed by schools and colleges as set pieces in the annual Kenya Music Festival competitions.

This unique collection of poems present the new and recharged African voice— a fresh narration in Evelyne Ongogo’s “women are some kind of magic” style. She spins these devastating, lyrical and“storytelling” poems in a dreamlike style. These 37 narrations seem to say they are more than poetry; it’s a memoir; it’s a civil discussion between brother and sister, husband and wife; it’s a witch hunt; it’s a quarrel; it’s a thanksgiving; its a lamentation; it’s a dirge and a eulogy; it’s a gossip; it’s a lullaby; it’s a tearful coming home affair; it’s an expression of love brewed in the African pot.

This is what it is in Ongogo’s own words; “We have sung all songs; Danced in all manners: In the manner of reptiles”, “Do not mourn Oduka in such manner as the children do in a playfield; No, not like the satisfied babies do to the sagging breasts of their mothers Mourn your husband well Akoko.

It is a reckoning of storytelling but stories built out of many narratives pushing back against a world that is filled with the decline in the African culture against modernity, and the emotional, and physical challenges. In this fine collection, Ongogo writes the sway into her words, each line a new wave, a new gravity tugging us back home to the evergreen African world. This is a powerful interpretation of a poet’s experience in a changing world and a journey toward social conscience in a perilous time of new African renaissance.

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