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Sovereignty, mimesis and politics

Written by Isaac Ginsberg Miller for Chicago Review on Monday, July 1, 2019

Kingdom of Gravity, as the title suggests, is a book concerned with the question of sovereignty, of who or what is sovereign to the characters that inhabit the collection’s poems.

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Kingdom of Gravity examines both lived experiences and mediated representations of political violence on the African continent. In this way, Makoha interprets the afterimage of the colonial in the postcolonial traumas of African states. Makoha is deeply concerned with the question of mimesis, or how an image is made, and what that might say about the one doing the making.

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Makoha interrupts the chiasmic loop of memory. His attempts to reach the past are frayed, because that past no longer exists. He is uncertain whether or not he can lay claim to memory’s “stolen blueprint,” though he continues to try.

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