Riddles of my Mother is a poetry collection that tells the African story through the eyes of a young Kenyan poet.
The reader is exposed to stories and riddles, poetically woven, to create a hunger in the reader’s eyes. Tales are universal: war, poverty, peace, love, hate, knowledge; diverse topics that define humanity are reflected in these simple poems.
What others say:
“In Riddles of my Mother Tabalia takes your mind to the disturbing days of adolescence in an African setting, even as the subjects are universal. Wondering where all the curiosity and latitudinarian thoughts have gone? Rediscover them in this collection of poems! Let Tabalia take you to the fields of politics, nature, life & love, arts, justice, relationships, religion: always meandering between the old and the new, modernity and tradition. Having experienced both -rural and urban life in Kenya- he lends you his open, observing eyes to see. As diverse as his themes is his lyrical style: from an ironical tone to impressively strong images, this young poet is not afraid to try his pen at multiple forms of expression.”
“A very auspicious debut that will leave you hungry for more!” – Anna Jaeger, Berlin/Germany
“A Creatively entertaining volume that takes the reader through a cultural Journey riddled with images of what life is. Riddles of My Mother honours African poetry in a way that most contemporary African poetry lacks. Written in simple and engaging language, this volume will leave the reader yearning for more. Tabalia’s creativity proves that poetry is not only educative but entertaining.” -Phideis Kendie, Performing Poet & Kenyatta University Literature student