A Poetic Duet

UGX 30,000

The poems in this anthology resonate across ethnic communities and generations. The anthology adds to the growing corpus of poems that have emerged from Uganda over the years.

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Jane Okot p’bitek Langoya is a lawyer by training, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) UK and holds an MBA (Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing) from Stirling University, Scotland. She worked as a company secretary and head of legal department for a number of years and as a consultant and partner in Bitek Sakwa Advocates. She was a part time lecturer at the Law Development Centre. She is currently the Deputy Registrar General (Registries) at the Uganda Registration Services Bureau and a part-time trainer in Corporate Governance with ICSA Uganda.

Sophie Nuwagira Bamwoyeraki has taught in international schools for twenty years and is currently at Kampala International School, where she heads the English and Literature department. She is a writer of educational materials; her co-authored Progressive English course is currently in use in Senior 1 to Senior 4 in Secondary Schools country wide. In addition, she has co-authored a primary English course Fountain English, for Primary 5, 6 and 7.

Description

It is not every day that a duo of poets come up with an anthology that spans such a broad poetic landscape, in terms of themes, mood, tone and structure. The subject matter of these poems covers a wide range of human experience: needy communities, domestic discord, broken homes and hopes, national disaffection, endemic corruption in high places, war and peace in the land, environmental degradation, but also rays of love and hope, and so on. Hand in hand with the topical content, issues and concerns of both a personal and social nature that are depicted, is the rich craftsmanship at work in the poems.

In addition, the magic of this craftsmanship is in the simplicity of language with which deep experiences and sentiments are feelingly expressed. Combined with the simplicity of language is the richness of home-grown imagery or picture language.

The poems in this anthology resonate across ethnic communities and generations. The anthology adds to the growing corpus of poems that have emerged from Uganda over the years.

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