DD Armstrong has produced a gripping book. The strained relationship between best friends Kyle and Sideeq is captured in the acronym of the title, U.G.L.Y.D.O.G.S., You Gotta Love Yourself, Den Others Gonna See. Kyle feels Sideeq has betrayed this and himself but Kyle never gives up on his friend.
We could quote multiple passages of insight, wisdom and wit in this book. And for that reason, this book falls into the category #My100AfricanBooks list.
-- Review by Nataka Books
The engaging theme that comes through Dzikamayi Chando's poetry is his fearless exploration of any character, belief system and society. The human condition, the self, is at the heart of this stunning debut anthology.
From physics to archaeology, from music to history, Chando explores a variety of themes. His motivation is perfectly summed up in the poem 'Child':
'No tailor can make the right measurements
The nakedness can only be covered
By those who pour out words from their souls.'
Chando's poetry is inviting, uncompromising and brings hope. -- Nataka Books
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