you were my first
you could have been my last
you are my lost

And to YHWH
You are my first
You are my last
I'm no longer lost
Isaiah 61:1-3
" for ashes..."

- Mildred Achoch, 4th September, 2011


A big thank you to David Citino and his amazing, inspirational book "Paperwork", for reminding me that poems - and poets - are worth something.

Many thanks to my namesake "Mimi" Mik for taking the time to read my crazy poems, and for giving me her invaluable feedback. You rock!

Asante sana to Murfy's Flaw for being one of the coolest and 'down-to-earthest' Kenyan rock bands! And for allowing their awesome song "In Silence" to be part of the soundtrack of this book of poems.

I salute the prolific poet Phatalvision for reading ALL my poems! By the way sir, "old school" is "gold 'n' cool" :-)

I am very thankful to my mum, dad and sister, for putting up with me all these years. I love you!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Oulipost #26:dear H. R. OLE KULET, i too am a writer

Every day this April, nearly 80 poets will write one poem per day by applying constrained writing techniques sourced from the Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle — or “workshop of potential literature”) group to text sourced from their daily local newspaper. This is the twenty-sixth of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

The poem below is in response to the following prompt:

  Oulipost #26: Beautiful Outlaw (Belle Absente)

The outlaw in question is the name of the person (or subject) to whom the poem is addressed. Each line of the poem includes all the letters of the alphabet except for the letter appearing in the dedicated name at the position corresponding to that of the line: when writing a poem to Eva, the first line will contain all letters except E, the second all letters except V, and the third all letters except A.
Choose someone mentioned in your newspaper to whom to address your poem. Compose a beautiful outlaw poem following the procedure outlined above and using words sourced from your newspaper text.

O - I write. Why
L-  do I head
E-  my mind,

K- searching for
U- the scenery
L-  in my mind?
E- I ask why do I? Is it to ARN a living?
T- No! Never in Kenya.

H.But I continue writing,
R.To Become.


 Ole Kulet, H.R. "Nature orders me to write, and I have to obey the call". The Saturday Nation. 26 Apr. 2014. pg 20.

"Why do I write? Why do I sit whole nights alone. scratching my head, racking my mind seraching for a single word that explains the exact description of the scenerly clearly painted in my mind?"

"I ask myself once more: why do I take all the trouble to write>Is it to earn a living? No! Never! One can hardly live off his or her writing. At least not in Kenya."

"This is why I write. Young writers should listen to this voice. It translatesinto a calling. It is the calling of Leshao in "To Become a Man""

H.R. Ole Kulet has written several books including To Become a Man (1972), is it Possible (1975), Daughter of Maa (1987), Moran no more (1990) and Bandits of Kibi (1999)

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