August 12, 2013

1 Minute Book Review: The Lost Collection of an Invisible Man by Nick Makoha

Name of the book: The Lost Collection of an Invisible Man 

Author:  Nick Makoha  

Publisher:  Flipped Eye Publishing 

What's the book about? 

Nick Makoha's first collection of poems, The Lost Collection of an Invisible Man, recalls the dilemma of Ralph Ellison's protagonist but relocates the angst and passion of displacement in contemporary England. Somewhere between Uganda and England, Nick Makoha is redefining manhood, fatherhood, and intimacy in a Black British context.

Why am I reading the book? 

I met Nick Makoha at the Yardstick Festival. As writers from the African diaspora, I was intrigued by his poems because of the similarity in the themes we  are exploring, but also by the generational and national differences. 

Quote from the book:

The Light 

The city clings like skin to the back of me,
like summer sweat, my oils mixing

with the humidity of the night.
Sleep the language I am speaking,

every move mimicking death.
My body leaves a signature

in the sheets. I rise; my feet touch the carpet’s canvas
cooling me slightly. The window spilling moonlight

into the room. Artificial light born from the TV mimics
the light of the sky. Voices like my vision, blurred.

My hands snakes to the remote to mute the sound
that brought me to sleep and in this moment awakens me.

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About the Author

Nick 'urbanspirit' Makoha is an immensely talented poet of Ugandan origin. On stage he drops he drops a succession of interwoven one-liners so deep that every longitude ever imagined begins to shiver with insecurity. The original poet-in-residence with London's revered performance showcase, Kindred Spirit, urbanspirit catapulted himself to legendary status by disappearing off the poetry scene for two years. He re-emerged in early 2005 with a completed poetry chapbook, The Lost Collection of an Invisible Man, and has begun to reclaim the territory he haunted for many years.


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