06.10 – Mukoma wa Ngugi, author of Hurling Words at Consciousness


This Sunday, June 10th is your last opportunity to support WPFW’s Spring 2007 Pledge Drive; a chance to support the station and the radio show Africa Now!, one of the nation’s premier programs focused solely on the issues of the African continent.
This week join us in a conversation with Kenyan poet, activist and scholar, Mukoma wa Ngugi, author of Hurling Words at Consciousness (Africa World Press, 2006) and Conversing with Africa: Politics of Change (Kimaathi Publishing House, 2003). He is a political columnist for the BBC Focus on Magazine and his essays have appeared in the Mail and Guardian,
Kenya’s Sunday Nation, ZMag and others.

The station monitors your support by the number of pledges received during the pledge drive. Show you support for Africa Now! by pledging during the program on June 10th from 9:00pm-10:00pm by calling 1-800- 222-9739 or 202-588-9739. Listeners can also pledge on line at www.wpfw.org.

Reviews of Hurling Words at Consciousness:

“By turns soothingly tender or implacably harsh, Hurling Words at Consciousness is an unflinching meditation on our globalized inequities. It is thoughtful and richly rewarding.”-Tejumola Olaniyan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Mukoma wa Ngugi is a poet of extraordinary expressive gifts. This impressive volume casts a critical yet forgiving eye on closely-observed episodes from life in the United States, with knowing glances towards poets as diverse as Le’opold Se’dar Senghor and Matthew Arnold. The social concerns of an African poet in sympathy with political struggles throughout the Third World here jostle up against and defamiliarize the details of North American everyday life, which then suddenly take on new significance.” -Nicholas Brown, University of Illinois at Chicago

“While treating the reader to an expansive range of themes – death, war, life, love, nature, human relationships/encounters, personal reflections, art, politics, history, social justice, revolution and others – Mukoma wa Ngugi also succeeds in making a deeply profound, artistic statement. He decorates his intensely reflective utterance with a lacework of images, metaphors and other forms of figurative expression that reveal a keen artist at his craft. With this first volume of poetry, Mukoma wa Ngugi has clearly entered the world of published poets in style!”-Micere Mugo Githae, Syracuse University

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