Colored Armpits

Poems for Social Justice

by James Kityo Ssemmanda



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/19/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 116
ISBN : 9781480827820
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 116
ISBN : 9781480827837
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 116
ISBN : 9781480827844

About the Book

… In other places,

Time is money

And pay is time; this he knew,

For the concept of time

To an African

Is a mystery,

Making order

A time jumble.

—James Kityo Ssemmanda

Native Ugandan James Kityo Ssemmanda is all too familiar with the fragility of humanity. In his debut collection of poetry, he speaks to the human condition, explores racial issues, and shines a light on social injustices.

Ssemmanda presents thought-provoking verse in three sections, the first of which explores and sometimes judges the Mzungu—a term commonly used in East Africa that refers to white people. While encouraging contemplation, Ssemmanda also shares a compilation of wide-ranging poems that not only highlight the differences and commonalities between the Mzungu and Africans, but also examine life in a busy world, the importance of man’s word, and the price for wishing to be like Mandela.

Colored Armpits offers a powerful volume of poetry that draws attention to diverse social justice issues and encourages reflection among all who desire change in a complicated world.

About the Author

James Kityo was born in Uganda. After studying at Leeds, United Kingdom, he worked in Uganda to help communities affected by HIV and AIDS. He is a beneficiary of the International Ford Fellowship for leadership in social justice, a recipient of the Phillips Livable Cities Award, and in 2012, was recognized by the Hrant Dink Foundation as an inspiration for humanity.