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Issue # 8 September 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Eric Mwathi comes from Kenya, but has grown up in Austria. After graduating from high school he had studied Diplomatic Studies at the International University before transferring to the University of Wales, in Aberystwyth, where he had graduated in a Bachelor of Economic and Social Studies in International Relations. Then he had moved back to Vienna where he had worked for the Non-Governmental Organization called the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. In order to gain additional academic qualifications Eric Mwathi has decided to go back to University to do a Master of Arts in Global Studies, at the University of Vienna, as he gives private lessons in English as he writes his poetry.

Eric Mwathi


Mom said never

Mom said never to go out at night.
I'm black and helpless; my attackers white,
Wandering when the demons turned so faint
Towards the presence of a young, black, saint,

Shielding his face from their violent blows.
Deep are the cuts. Sweeter the blood that flows,
Upon a tree, when nailed in broad daylight,
Black and helpless; the demons dressed in white.