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The Emma Press


This House

This House


This House is a collection of poems by Rehema Njambi.

“There were footsteps in the dark all night,
almost every night, and we were scared —
but we didn’t say a thing.

She called us to prayer in the morning, every morning.
With our small hands and smaller faith

we asked the Lord for protection —
but He didn’t say a thing.”

– ‘Ghosts In This House’ from This House

Page count: 36

Publication date: 18 September 2021

Paperback ISBN: 9781912915729

GTIN: N/A SKU: 9781912915729 Categories: , ,

Rehema Njambi

Rehema Njambi is a Kenyan-born, British-raised poet and writer whose work centres on womanhood, agency, faith and family. She has been a performance poet for over ten years and has performed broadly in the UK, Nairobi, and the US. In December 2020 she was longlisted for the Merky Books New Writers' Prize. She divides her time between Oxford and London. This is her first collection.


Rehema Njambi unpacks identity, faith, womanhood and – above all – agency, in poems partly inspired by conversations with the Black, mostly African, women around her.

Imbued with quiet resistance to patriarchal societies, Njambi’s debut collection is an ode to the women who have raised her, and their strength and their ability to hold, sustain, and be rooted in their faith. The poems resound with their idea of home, and belonging they wish to pass on to their daughters.

Praise for This House

‘Elusive, uncomfortable, and humble […]. These are memorable poems. They left me wondering.’ Nell Prince, Sphinx Review

‘If you want to sit with honest poetry that unashamedly embraces the clean and the bloody––Rehema Njambi’s This House should be in your hands and at the front of your mind.’ Caitie L. Young, The Poetry Question

Watch Rehema perform her poetry to a live audience:

Additional information

Dimensions 12.9 × .3 × 19.8 cm

Pamphlet, eBook

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