Dedication

DEDICATION

To RKS
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
"...beauty for ashes..."

- Mildred Achoch, 4th September, 2011

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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!

Monday, April 14, 2014

OULIPOST#14: Swift Weightloss

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 fourteenth of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

The found poem below is in response to this prompt:

OULIPOST #14: COLUMN INCHES
Refer to the advertising section or the classifieds in your source newspaper. Create a poem by replacing all of the nouns in your chosen ad segment or classified listing with nouns from one article in the same newspaper. You may use multiple ads/classifieds, presented in the order of your choosing.

No months
No Marathon
No minutes

No funds
No races
No time

No charity
No athletes
No conquest

No victories.

REFERENCES

Classifieds. "Swiftsafe Weightloss with Healthcare Experts." The Daily Nation. 14 Apr. 2014:pg 45 (No hunger, No aerobics, No gym, No herbs, No pills, No belts, No creams, No shorts, No patches, No G5)
Makori, Elias. "Double Win for Kenyans in London." The Daily Nation. 14 Apr. 2014: pg 1 and 2.

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