Korir Issa

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Biography of Korir Issa

I was born at a village in Laikipia called Kiambogo. I grew up there for five years after which we moved to Cherangany in Trans-Nzoia County. I started my first grade schooling there in the year 1996. I was a very poor student then. I paid no attention in class and usually ended being the last.
This was before my father really working on me mercilessly by thorough beatings. I became very competitive and clever for fear of being thrashed again.
I grew fond of English and hoped I'll publish a book some day. I'm now 24 and working on some.
My passion for poetry started when I was in High School. After my eighth grade, my father became very ill. This forced us to move to our grandmother's place where we still live until now. I attended a local day school; Moi Secondary School -Chuiyat in Uasin Gishu County in the year 2005, where, despite the tuition fee being not more than Kshs.15000, I'd always be sent home for I had paid only 5000. This stopped my schooling for a year. During that period, I'd read many novels and constructed silly poems. I became a wide reader at home.
After my father died, early 2007, I went back to school. It was then that I met one Mr Bichiy, an English teacher who made me fall in love completely with Literature. I constructed countless poems and kept them to myself.
After my twelfth grade, I joined Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Western Kenya in the year 2010 for a Degree Course in Journalism. I'm now in my 2nd year. When I'm free, this is what I do; I write, articles, poems, short stories and play

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Off the tarmac road
Rough one branched
It bore a tiny one
that wound past
the pot-bellied
the white-noses kids
who stood with awe
and gazed at me
as I sauntered down it.

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