Kingdom of Gravity is written by Nick Makoha, a poet born in Uganda whose other works include Resurrection Man, The Second Republic and Lost Collection of Invisible Man.
Thefirst time I read Kingdom of Gravity, I didn’t get what I was looking for.
I had heard a lot about the poet that I sought a deeper hidden meaning of the poems that I was reading. It took a second unbiased reading that I was able to appreciate the story and message that Nick ably portrays in the anthology.
The poetry is centered on the time during the tyranny of Idi Amin in Uganda and the fight for liberation from his rule.
The cover of the book is intriguing. At first sight, it will draw your wondering mind, preparing you for the story being narrated throughout the anthology.
The poems that precede the sections in the book show that the writer penned down the poems either at an airport lounge or on a plane.
The writer vividly describes the after math of war, the plight of those that were persecuted, turmoil, the fear, assault and violation of rights during Idi Amin’s time.
The mood is somber, filled with caution, pain, and a reminder that history has taught us nothing. The sarcasm employed by the writer whilst he illustrates corruption and bribery as business as usual is a reminder of the sad reality that is contemporary Uganda.
The history told through the poems is eye opening and an echo of voices seldomly heard. A good and must read for everyone who seeks to know the history of Uganda.
This review, of Nick Makoha’s Kingdom Of Gravity, was written, for Turn The Page Africa, by Hazel Birungi.
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