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Stephen Derwent Partington

I am Stephen Derwent Partington. Poetry is my primary hobby and passion. I begun to write poetry at school. I dug into poetry more seriously at university inspired by a lecturer.

My poetry I describe as accessible. My early writing was full of Modernist allusions and foreign languages, but as I accessed more contemporary poetry this disappeared.

I’d probably also describe it as hybrid in the sense that while I’ve sought to fit into the Kenyan (and wider African) traditions of broadly Anglophone verse, lots of influences from my pre-Kenya days remain.

‘Be honest, be good, be tolerant’

Poetry Idols

Poets whose work I love include ; , Phyllis Muthoni , Clifton Gachagua, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, Mukoma wa Ngugi’s , Shailja Patel and Tony Mochama,Alice Oswald, Philip Gross, John Agard, Mark Doty, Jack Gilbert, and W.S.Merwin.

Poetry is the art of stretching words to their limit, but also beyond that limit into the realm of impossibility. Every metaphor contributes to the extension of the world and everything in it, by doing something new.

Published in; . Two collections, one in Kenya (SMS and Face to Face) and one from the UK (How to Euthanise a Cactus).

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