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Kenyan Poetography: the Koroga Project


 
The Koroga Project was a 2010 collaboration between two excellent photographers, Wambui Mwangi and Andrew Njoroge, sometimes guesting Jerry Riley, and seven emerging and established poets: Tony Mochama, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, Sitawa Namwalie, Stephen Derwent Partington, Keguro Macharia, Phyllis Muthoni and Nyambura Githongo.
 

 
The brief was for the poets to write as many short poems as we liked, based on the public Facebook photograph albums of Wambui Mwangi and Andrew Njoroge, within a three month period. Slides were then produced. Many of these re-presented Kenya, re-imagining it in a more rounded way than is often the case. Just over 100 Kenyan poetographs were created, a random selection of which appear on this page, and which can be enlarged by clicking on the slide.
 
An 800-word newspaper article on the Koroga Project by SDP, which appeared in The East African newspaper, is attached, below.  Selected slides appear opposite. The full archive of these poetographs appears at the Diary of a Mad Kenyan Woman Blog.
 
 
 
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POETRY + PHOTOGRAPHY = POETOGRAPHY
 
 
 
 
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How to Euthanise a Cactus,
at special prices from Kwani?,
where other Koroga poets' books
are also available. OR PHONE AN
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AT KWANI SALES AND MARKETING:
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Stephen Derwent Partington,
21 Oct 2010, 04:14
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