Contemporary literature in Kenya from Kenyan writers is hard to come by. It’s a sad reality. The truth is that it’s difficult to get published especially locally. Most writers opt to self-publish which is an expensive venture. That being said, it is always welcomed news when a Kenyan writer publishes a book. It is even more welcome when the said book is a collection of poetry.
In 2011, a few poets met at Central Park to discuss the putting together of their poems in a book. The idea was spearheaded by an ambitious young man, Chris Mukasa, who fronts Kenya Poets Lounge. The community of poets involved in the project grew with most conversations happening via email. Almost three years later, the project has finally seen the light of day. The book has been published and is titled, ‘The Power of Words.’
The Power of Words was launched at Memorial Park on Saturday June 8th in a simple but wonderful event. There were poets reading their work from the book as well as speakers giving motivational talks. Music from upcoming and talented artists and a generally relaxed ambiance made for an enjoyable event.
The journey to having the book published has not been an easy one. There was no corporate sponsorship and Chris and team had to travel to Uganda to have the book printed there. In the end, it was well worth it. The book is a finally a reality.
The book boasts a wide selection of poets and is divided into five themes: Freedom, Love, Leadership, Life and Social Justice. Some of the poets featured include: El Poet, Wanjiku Mwaura, Raya Wambui, Kibali Moreithi, Elsaphan Njora, Chris Peace, Benjamin Sulle, Nasara the Poet, Eric (Rixpoet) Otieno, Amare Poeta, Bryan Ngartia, Kim Kimani, Bernard Muhia and yours truly.
Published Kenyan contemporary poetry is hard to come by hence this anthology is a true gem. ‘The Power of Words’ is available for sale at just Kshs 500 and comes with free delivery within the CBD upon request. To make your order, call Chris Mukasa on 0722535035. Order your copy now!