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 “African Poetry: Ngwatilo Mawiyoo” By  Aaron Baady , May 2016

“African Poetry: Ngwatilo Mawiyoo”
By Aaron Baady, May 2016

“I’ve been thinking about how the most tedious “authenticity” debates are the ones demanding that writers be Africans, or whatever authentic thing they must be; I’ve been thinking about how such demands put the burden on the writer, because what’s really going on is an effort to tell writers what they can and can’t write; I’ve been thinking about how rarely we ask someone to read Africanishly, and how silly it sounds when we do.

The more interesting question is: how to read this book of poems, what helps, how to help? Keep Reading


 “African Poetry: Ngwatilo Mawiyoo” Review by  Keguro Macharia , May 2016

“African Poetry: Ngwatilo Mawiyoo”
Review by Keguro Macharia, May 2016

Dagoretti Corner begins as “the dust that has no place” and ends with “a glimmer train / of bioluminescence.” The restless land meets the restless ocean. These images are particular and grounded—even grounding. Ngwatilo Mawiyoo writes a poetry of place. M. NourbeSe Philip explains, Keep Reading


 “Outside of the Rhetoric: An Interview with Ngwatilo Mawiyoo” Interview by  Rob Taylor,  April 2016

“Outside of the Rhetoric: An Interview with Ngwatilo Mawiyoo”
Interview by Rob Taylor, April 2016

Fatigue” is tagged with the date “February 2013” – the month before Kenya’s 2013 Presidential Election, the first since the violence of the 2008 election. That 2008 election, its violence and ethnic tension, and the subsequent violence and instability Kenya has faced (including the al-Shabaab attacks at Westgate Mall and Garissa University College), sit front and centre in Dagoretti Corner… Because of this, I came to view “Fatigue” as the cornerstone poem in the collection - Keep Reading