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The Pain We Carry

In our silent selves

by Joshua Kyama, Johnson Kitengejja

The Pain We Carry is a captivating anthology that dredges into the depths of human emotions and experiences, focusing on pain we Africans carry. The poets weave a tapestry of pain that transcends geographical boundaries, inviting readers to immerse themselves in the shared sorrows, struggles, and triumphs of the human condition. It serves as a saddening reminder that pain is a universal language, and that as Africans, we bear burdens that are both personal and collective. It resonates with the unique perspectives of individuals hailing from different African backgrounds, experiences and cultures.

The collection navigates a wide range of painful experiences, exploring themes such as loss, heartbreak, social injustices, historical traumas, and the weight of cultural expectations. However, they do not dwell solely on the anguish. Instead, they emphasize the transformative power of pain and its potential to shape individuals into resilient beings.

It encourages readers to confront their pain head-on, acknowledging its presence while refusing to let it define them. It instills a sense of hope, urging Africans to embrace their pain as a catalyst for growth, self-discovery, and personal empowerment. In doing so, they offer a compelling perspective on the human capacity to rise above adversity and forge a path towards finding themselves. The lyrical prowess invites readers to embark on a transformative journey, reminding them that pain, when confronted with courage and resilience, can ultimately lead to profound self-discovery and liberation.

ISBN 9789913964500 | 134 pages | 210x148mm | 2023 | Author Crafts, Uganda | Paperback




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