Lantern Meet Marks 5 Years Of Poetry

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Ojakol Omerio, the current head of the lantern meet attributes the success of the lantern meet to increased devotion to poetry by the Ugandan society. He says many Ugandans have started to appreciate poetry as an art of expressing themselves as compared to the years when it was a mere literal experience.

Five years ago, it would never have struck Guy Mambo, Peter Kagayi and Edgar Kangere  and Ojakol Raymond that a poetry outfit would stand the test of time in a largely arts-indifferent Ugandan society.

The lantern meet of poets, a poetry critique group that now hosts bi-monthly critique sessions at the national theatre has birthed 67 other poets from the original four and gone on to promote poetry in schools.  

Ojakol Omerio, the current head of the lantern meet attributes the success of the lantern meet to increased devotion to poetry by the Ugandan society. He says many Ugandans have started to appreciate poetry as an art of expressing themselves as compared to the years when it was a mere literal experience.

The poetry outfit has successfully conducted 10 recitals and established itself as a stand-out poetry group in the country.

The most recent of the group’s successes is the poetry recital held at the national theatre on two dates of November 9 and 10th this year.

The recital themed ‘broken voices of the revolution’ was targeted to address the current societal breakdown and political problems affecting the country. The recital was well attended and over 25 poems were perfomed by different poets.

//cue in:”the time is…

Cue out: … against the cage”//.

The recital was also followed by an anthology of poems written by the members of the lantern meet.

The journey, however, has not been a smooth ride for the lantern meet group. The battle for venues to host the bi-monthly poetry critique sessions has been one of the outstanding problems for the group.

The lantern meet of poets is currently building a historical library of poems at their new home in Bukoto.

 

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