And so their thoughts must as well.


Michelle Angwenyi

The last poem I wrote was about music, as a way of exploring the connections it fosters between friends, between generations, between experiences.

Michelle Angwenyi. PHOTO| COURTESY

Michelle Angwenyi. PHOTO| COURTESY

I wrote it as a birthday gift for a friend. I think one becomes a better poet by not being afraid of language in all its forms.


word for this. there is only suspension, there is skin: to mean—you are held. but held where. to be uncertain, to be in no moment after; there is no real question, there is no list, no unfinished letters, no spread to a middle; if there, no cold tea, no black-outs, no empty shelves, no glass bottles. to give name to what is [not] would be to obliterate it, as in the dispossession: but held where. a preference for this no candle-lit nothing.


or (whichever works for you!):


your turn on the edge of obsession, limitless in its particulars,

has you there.

whether it is rootless anger, or within the reaches of

unspecified oblivion, this haunting – cool, coastal:

and you are there,

since that first roadside word whispered years ago,

places ago,

even when in rhythms danced to alone, but pulsed to together

in the deep blue of vanishing,

it is now your turn, and you, in this world, there or not, are, anyways.


Anne Moraa

How much of your life influences your poetry?

I write in different genres, but poetry is the most personal. The form demands the personal.

A poem insists you get to the centre and allows me to write about things not just as fact, but as feelings.



My first ever spoken word piece, my first poem, one I still love and perform, is about Premenstrual syndrome.

People consume more poetry than they realise, for instance, beautiful lyrics are a form of poetry.


he chases distance like it is oxygen.
home suffocates as often as it heals.

he chased it by drowning his ears with sounds made of thrashing.
he chased it by sleeping all day and waking only at night
and roasting whole chickens, a soldier portioning rations.
you can make even your bedroom devoid of home
if you try hard enough.


Mumbi Macharia

This day reminds us that poetry is not an outdated form or art, and that it still has a place in our creativity today.

It's also an important day because it promotes the importance of reading, writing, and literacy in general, and important skill today given that technology has taken over our communication skills.

Mumbi Macharia. PHOTO| COURTESY

Mumbi Macharia. PHOTO| COURTESY

Through my poetry, I try to express the truest version of myself. Some people like it and relate, others don't. I am trying to push an agenda of expression without fear of judgement.

I have always been very shy, but somehow when spoken word poetry found me, it came with a confidence that I never knew I had.

When I perform, I don't think about the audience. I think about myself and what I am about to say.

I am in my own world when I perform, and you can't tell me anything when I'm in my element.




A word invented by men who would rather refer to themselves as a “boychild” rather than take

actual accountability for their actions.

A word invented by men who are intimidated by a woman who can see right through their

mediocrity and refuse to settle.

Slayqueen, a word invented by men who expect a woman to lower her standards so that he can

match up, men who expect a woman to slow down just so he can keep up.

Slayqueen, a word invent by men who are so intimidated by a woman who can blow him away

with her 30” weave, a woman who can walk all over and crush his dreams with her 6” heels, a

woman who can pierce his fragile masculinity with her nails, ladies and gentlemen there has

been a gross misunderstanding of what being a slayqueen entails.



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