Kindred is Apuk Ayuel’s second collection of poems, quite different in topics from the first collection, No More Betrayals. Here Apuk converses eloquently with the everyday – the mundane and profane, the joyful and the painful, the transcendent and the base. This collection of 54 poems explores many themes effortlessly. It reflects on spiritual conceptions of life and living; the highs and lows of love, the celebration of people and triumphs; and the depths of loss.
No More Betrayals is Apuk Ayuel Mayen’s first poetry collection, a poetic portrait of South Sudan. In this collection, the poet excavates the collective psyche to depict the experience of a people’s liberation struggle, relapse into war, and visions of a brighter future. The collection consists of twenty-five (25) poems reflecting on this nascent nation’s political, social, traditional, and cultural experiences. It does so by eulogizing heroes, invoking liberation ideals, and echoing silent voices.
In a sentence, this book is an exploration of the mind, a soulful reflection on the complexity of life.– Jok Madut Jok, What the Heart Knows: An Introduction