This anthology represents a historical signpost and points to ways ahead. In a worldwide scenario where poetry is almost invariably last to be published, we, as judges of the Kwani? Poetry Competition 2009, are grateful for this initiative and would defiantly proclaim “down with the naysayers!” It was an honour and privilege to have been involved in its creation.
– Mwalimu John Sibi-Okumu
Nairobi, 7th May 2009
Ndanu Mungala, in her winning poem, Breaking through, and other poets, raise the issue of man not being allowed to express tender feelings or to cry. Mboga Patroba rejects violence as a definition in society and instead advocates for self sacrifice, service and respect. Poesiopoa Njeri dissects the disease that allows us to laugh at defilement, rape and abuse in her haunting piece Facing Jeevanjee Gardens. Samuel Munene and Ng’ang’a Mbugua pen excellent parodies of every day notions of societies and relationships.