Like many other writers, my poetry takes its cues from personal experience. This winter, I spent several weeks in western Kenya, in an area not frequented by tourists. Of course, experience became poetry. The life of the people is rugged, and the Africa of National Geographic lives side-by-side with a third world culture infused with the Internet and cell phones. The contrasts take a while to process. My first poetry collection, Two Hundred Fifty-six Zones of Gray, doesn't tell of my African experience, but my next certainly will. Here is a video on the tourist side of things, bird photography from the rich places of nature (Naivasha, Nakuru, and Kakamega). The urban setting was Eldoret, a city still emerging from the post-election violence of 2007-2008 and rich in determination and the human spirit.
Causes Robert Smith Supports
Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, Presbyterian Disaster Relief