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How to Euthanise a Cactus

How to Euthanise a Cactus

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How to Euthanise a Cactus is an important second collection from one of East Africa’s most talented poets and performers. Stephen Derwent Partington combines political engagement with highly crafted writing, inviting readers to glimpse the heady mixture of beauty and violence, humanity and danger that characterises a nation and a region on the brink of both catastrophe and hope.

"A poet’s poet, but also a people’s poet. He never stops wrestling with this mess we call human-ity."
Mukoma wa Ngugi

"Blows you out of the water with its sheer brilliance."
Tony Mochama

"Provocative, subversive, yet compassion-ate. A must read."
Phyllis Muthoni

"The political crisis in Kenya triggered by the botched 2007 elections seems to have caught talented young writers off guard. As prose writers search for their voices, it has been the poets who have confronted the crisis and tried to find meaning through it. Partington’s new collection is a towering manifestation of poetry’s strident return to the literary mainstream. Using media accounts of the violence, Partington points a disturbing finger at the living who remained silent and took sides – and took sides in order to silence."
The Africa Report's Best of 2010

Stephen Derwent Partington is a teacher in Kenya, and a poet. He lives and works just outside Machakos and is a member of Concerned Kenyan Writers. A collection of poems, SMS & Face to Face, was published by Phoenix to critical acclaim in East Africa. In addition to having his poetry widely published in UK and African journals he writes academic articles on regional literature for leading post-colonial journals and East African regional media.