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!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

OULIPOST24: Atheists, No Insult Intended

 Oulipost #24: Homosyntaxism

Homosyntaxism is a method of translation that preserves only the syntactic order of the original words. To give a rudimentary example, if N=noun, V=verb and A=adjective, the outline NVA could yield solutions such as “The day turned cold,” “Violets are blue,” “An Oulipian! Be wary!”)
Option 1: Choose a sentence from your newspaper source text and write as many homosyntaxisms as possible based on that same variation.
Option 2: Complete a homosyntaxism of an entire paragraph or article found in your text.

God is big
hoax is big
group is big
Kenya is big
religion is big
thought is big
existence is big
president is big
adherence is big
Atheists are...rational.

Muraya, Joy Wanja. "Does God Exist? That's one big 'hoax'!" The Daily Nation. 24 Apr. 2014 pg 3

"The existence of God is a big hoax, according to a group of Kenyans who are now agitating for rational thought in decision making rather than adherence to religion."

"Mr. Harrison Mumia, 35, is the president of Atheists in Kenya, people he decribes as free thiners who insist the existence of a supernatural being is a figment of the imagination." 

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