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Jessica Horn


Country: Uganda


www.akiiki-consulting.org

Biography:

Poet, activist, interpreter of the ordinary; heiress of a nomadic lineage extending into the Ruwenzori Mountains of Uganda and the shadows of New York’s Yankee Stadium. Jessica Horn won the IRN Fanny Ann Eddy Poetry Prize in 2009 for her poem “They have killed Sizakele” and the Sojourner Poetry Prize judged by June Jordan in 2001 for her poem “Dis U.N: For Rwanda”. Her prose-poem “Dreamings” was profiled in the International Museum of Women’s online exhibition Imagining Ourselves.  She is also the author of a collection Speaking in Toungues (Mouthmark, 2006). Jessica works in Africa and internationally on issues of women’s rights, health, violence and peacebuilding.

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Uganda haikus (sunrise to 9pm)

sunrise. red earth crows
as loud as the rooster for
raindrops, falling seeds

day awakens her
fresh limbs, lays out promises
of millet and tea

Bakongo women
glide to market backs taut as
ndingidi strings

schoolmaster passes
students tremble single file
small eyes starched silent

women’s gossip swells
essential as matoke
in the midday heat

needle drowning in
kanzu cloth, as delicate
as the call to prayer

moonrise. ageing man
pacing towards home weary
as the day’s gunfire

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